Your first visit
Your first visit to Abbotsford Orthodontics will be a complementary initial exam and consultation to evaluate your orthodontic needs. During this visit we are usually able to determine what type of treatment, if any, is recommended at this time; the estimated length of treatment; and an estimated treatment fee. This visit lasts approximately one half hour and if treatment is recommended, a second follow-up appointment will be scheduled for diagnostic records which enable us to determine the best course of treatment just for you.
The diagnostic records visit includes a medical and dental history and a clinical examination. A digital scanner is used to take a virtual impression of your teeth (no messy impressions!), as well as intra and extra-oral photographs and a panoramic and cephalometric x-ray. A panoramic x-ray helps determine the position and development of permanent teeth that have not erupted yet, locate impacted or missing teeth, shortened or damaged tooth roots and asses the amount of supporting bone. The cephalometric x-ray shows us the facial form, growth pattern and position of the teeth.
The information obtained from this visit will be used to develop a custom treatment plan. They also help track the progress of your treatment. After these records have been fully evaluated, you will have a treatment consultation with our treatment coordinator, Bobbie, who will go over the details of your treatment as well as all financial options and payment plans available.
The appointment to place your initial appliances, can range from 30 minutes to an hour and a half. Once treatment begins, you will see us on regular intervals of 6 weeks for adjustments which will only take about 20 minutes.
We place great value on you and your time and appreciate the effort you spend to come in and see us. Therefore, we make every effort to try and stay on time and on schedule, and ask that you extend the same courtesy to us. If you are unable to keep your appointment, please notify us to reschedule as soon as possible.
Your cooperation is essential to achieving your ideal smile. We will work to keep you informed as your treatment progresses so you can stay actively involved in your treatment.
In order to achieve the best results in the shortest amount of time and at the lowest cost you can do several things to help us out.
- Inform us immediately if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions
- Keep up excellent oral hygiene and make sure that you are still seeing your general (family) dentist for regular cleanings and exams every 3-6 months
- Avoid extremely hard (nuts, ice) and sticky (taffy, caramel) foods which can damage or break your appliances
- Wear elastics and appliances as prescribed by Dr. Dueckman and Dr. Felty and make sure to follow all treatment instructions
- And last but not least – have fun with your orthodontic treatment!