Your First Orthodontist Visit
Our objective is to make sure your visits with us will be pleasant and informative. Your initial appointment will consist of an examination and a discussion of potential treatment options. This important visit will address the orthodontic needs of you or your child. There is no charge for your initial visit unless x-rays are taken.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your first visit:
- The completed registration sheet This can be found on by clicking here, in addition we will mail to you a copy with additional office information when you schedule your first visit.
- If you have dental insurance that specifically covers orthodontics, bring the necessary completed forms or information cards. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.
- Any panoramic dental x-ray taken within the past year from your dentist. It is usually not necessary to bring other type of dental x-ray unless your dentist specifically requests that you do so.
Diagnostic Records & Treatment Planning
If it is determined that treatment is indicated, you will be scheduled for diagnostic records. These records usually consist of study models, diagnostic photographs and orthodontic x-rays. Once these orthodontic records have been obtained, Dr. Watterworth will review them and determine a specific treatment plan for your orthodontic needs.We will arrange an appointment toreview your treatment plan,schedule your orthodontic treatment and set up financial arrangements for you.
Periodic visits are an important part of orthodontic treatment. Generally, we will want to see you every5 to 8 weeks to check your progress and make adjustments to your braces. During this time, you will need to keep appointments, follow instructions, eat nutritiously and practice good oral hygiene. Also continue to visit your dentist regularly.
Once your braces are removed, retainers are utilized to hold your teeth in their new positions until your bone, gums and muscles adapt to the new teeth positions. The retention period is an important part of your overall treatment and should not be neglected!
Length of Treatment
Braces may be on between 6 months to 30 months or longer depending on the age of the patient, the severity of the problem, the patient’s cooperation and the degree of movement possible.
Before any orthodontic treatment, your family dentist should make certain that all cavities have been treated and the health of your gums and underlying bone are free of periodontal disease.
We would like to reinforce the need to keep your regular visits with your family dentist because we are only an aid to your family dentist and not a replacement. Your family dentist should also schedule cleaning and cavity checkup visits during your orthodontic care.
Please contact our office at Portsmouth Office Phone Number 603-431-7616 if you have any questions. The timing of your treatment is very important. You or your child may or may not be ready for treatment. Therefore, a consultation will allow us to better understand your needs.