Is it required that my family dentist schedule my appointment with the orthodontist?

No, it is not. Many of our patients are referred by their family dentist, yet many other patients take the initiative to schedule an examination themselves.

At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age 7. By this age, several permanent teeth in most children have erupted, allowing us to effectively evaluate their condition and determine if Phase One Treatment will be necessary. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. Phase One Treatment can involve expanding a narrow palate, closing excessive spacing, to placing space maintainers to hold open much needed space for the eruption of future permanent teeth

Will my teeth straighten out as they grow?

No, they will not. The space available for the front teeth does not increase as you grow. In most people, after the permanent molars erupt, the space available for the front teeth decreases with age.

How do I schedule an appointment for an initial exam?

If you or your child can potentially benefit from orthodontic treatment, simply call our office and we will be happy to schedule an appointment for you. When you call to schedule your appointment, our Scheduling Coordinator will request some basic information from you and follow up by sending you an informative packet of information about our practice along with an appointment confirmation letter.

What will happen at the initial examination appointment?

Upon arriving, each patient and parent will be seen by our New Patient Coordinator and Dr. Becker, who will acclimate you to our office and prepare for the initial exam. We will take the necessary photographs and X-rays to allow us to make a proper diagnosis. The doctor will then complete a brief, but thorough, exam. To read more about your first visit, see our First Visit Page.

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