Your First Dental Visit
The American Association of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children be seen by their dentist by their first birthday or when their first teeth show up. You can expect a friendly visit with the dentist to get your child acclimated to our office and wonderful staff. Your child should be informed of the visit and told that the dentist and his staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions. It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as needle, pull, drill or hurt. The office makes a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.
Parents are always welcome to accompany their child for all appointments. On occasion the doctor may request the child come in on their own because studies and experience have shown that most children over the age of 3 react more positively when permitted to experience the dental visit on their own and in an environment designed for children. We are all highly experienced in helping children overcome anxiety. Separation anxiety is not uncommon in children, so please try not to be concerned if your child exhibits some negative behavior. This is normal and will soon diminish with continued exposure to a pleasant dental experience.
Your First Orthodontic Visit
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur by the time your child is 7 years old. At this young age, treatment may not yet be necessary, however it is often the best time to correct an underbite, stop thumb-sucking effects, reduce the likelihood of fracturing protruded front teeth, eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems and also guide the growth of the jaw and regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches. Early treatment may simplify later orthodontic treatment and/or prevent surgery or the need for tooth extractions.
This visit consists of a preliminary and complimentary comprehensive examination to determine your orthodontic needs. If orthodontic treatment is deemed necessary we will then discuss the existing orthodontic issues, available treatment options, and a timeline of the proposed treatment. We will be able to answer any questions that you may have about the proposed orthodontic treatment process. At this time, you will also be able to discuss orthodontic treatment costs and payment plans with our treatment and financial coordinators.
After the initial examination, if you are interested in orthodontic treatment, we recommend that you allow us to take diagnostic records, which will consist of several orthodontic specific x-rays, a series of photographs, and impressions for study models. These records will give the orthodontist all of the information that he needs to develop a detailed treatment plan specifically designed for you.