Your First Orthodontist Visit
Our objective is to make sure your visits with us 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.
Our complementary orthodontic visit consists of diagnostic photographs and orthodontic X-rays. This initial consultation usually takes an hour and at that visit Dr. Niepraschk will determine a specific treatment plan for you or your child’s orthodontic needs. After this visit we will set up the necessary appointments to begin orthodontic treatment and set up financial arrangements.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your first visit:
- Any x-rays (if applicable)
- A list of medications you are presently taking
- If you have medical or dental insurance, bring the necessary completed forms. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.
- Completed online or printed patient registration forms.
Broken Appointments: If for some reason you cannot make it to your appointment, please contact our office at (434) 977-9473. By doing so you allow another patient to use that time as well as reschedule your appointment. If it is after hours leave your name and number and a brief message on our answering machine and we will return your call in the morning.
Once treatment begins periodic visits will be an important part of orthodontic treatment. Generally, we will want to see you every 6 to 8 weeks to check your progress. During this time, you will need to keep appointments, follow instructions, and practice good oral hygiene. It is also important to continue to visit your dentist regularly.
Once your braces are removed, retainers will be 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
Treatment times vary and depend on the age of the patient, the severity of the problem, the patient’s cooperation.
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.
In addition, your dentist or an oral surgeon will remove any teeth that Dr. Niepraschk prescribed to correct your bite. Your family dentist should also schedule cleaning and cavity checkup visits during your orthodontic care. 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.
Please contact our office at (434) 977-9473 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.