Your office visits
Our greatest goal is to give you the healthy, straight, beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. We understand that choosing to receive orthodontic care is a big decision, and we respect your reasons for wanting to improve the way you look and feel.
Our practice will work with you every step of the way to make sure your orthodontic care is as rewarding as possible. Our practice utilizes the latest technology, and offers a variety of safe and gentle treatment options to give you the customized, individual care you deserve.
EVERY SMILE STARTS WITH AN INITIAL CONSULTATION!
At your first appointment, we will get to know a bit about you and ensure we understand your reason for coming to us. After completing the paperwork, Dr. Chumak or Dr. Zhylich will perform a complete visual exam of your teeth and jaws. If there is no recent X-ray from your dentist on your file, they may take a panoramic X-ray to assess all the teeth and surrounding structures.
If treatment is prescribed, we will schedule an appointment to proceed with diagnostic records. If treatment is not prescribed at this time, you will be placed on an observation schedule and we will see you periodically until treatment is necessary. Your initial consultation will give you the opportunity to meet our team, learn more about orthodontics, receive a complete initial exam, and find out which treatment options will best meet your needs.
YOUR SECOND VISIT: DIAGNOSTIC RECORDS
At this appointment we gather all the diagnostic data necessary to determine your treatment plan. Digital photographs are taken of your face and teeth. A digital scan is taken to create 3D models. These models are a duplicate of your teeth; they allow measurements to be made which are impossible to perform directly in the mouth. The models also provide Dr. Chumak or Dr. Zhylich with an accurate “before” treatment image so they can assess treatment progress.
A panoramic and a cephalometric X-ray are taken to evaluate the health of the teeth and jaws as well as their relative positions, shapes, and sizes. The X-rays are done using digital equipment that ensures minimum exposure to radiation.
YOUR THIRD VISIT – TREATMENT PLAN
After we have completed the analysis of your diagnostic records, we will see you for a treatment plan appointment. At this visit, Dr. Chumak or Dr. Zhylich will explain your treatment plan, and our Treatment Coordinator will provide you with follow-up information to ensure that all your questions are answered.
If we have not done so previously, we will give you a CAO Standard Information Form, which outlines the cost of treatment; if applicable, this should be forwarded to your insurance carrier. Once you have been presented with all the information we will book the appointments to start treatment. We will also send a letter to your family dentist that confirms the commencement of treatment.
WHEN YOU ARE IN TREATMENT
When you get your braces (or other appliances), plan to spend between one to two hours at that appointment. Once your orthodontic appliances are in place, regular appointments are necessary so the teeth and/or jaws are aligned in their desired positions.
It is very important that these appointment are kept as scheduled so treatment progresses well and on schedule. These regular visits are scheduled every five to eight weeks and vary between ten and 30 minutes in length, depending on the procedure being performed.
COMPLETION OF TREATMENT
After the active portion of orthodontic treatment is complete, and the appliances have been removed, you will be given retainers. Retainers are worn to ensure that your teeth do not shift from their new position.
We will see you periodically for approximately two years to check and adjust your retainers and to monitor the development of your wisdom teeth. After this time, you will be finished.
Our practice will work with you to make sure your appointments are as convenient as possible. When scheduling appointments, please let us know which days and times work best for you.
We understand that “life happens”! If you’re running late or need to reschedule, please let us know and we will do everything we can to accommodate you. When you’re ready to schedule your first appointment, contact our practice and our friendly scheduling coordinator will assist you. We’re looking forward to working with you.
VISITING THE DENTIST DURING ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT
It is very important that you continue to visit your family dentist once every six months for teeth cleanings and routine dental checkups, even during your orthodontic treatment. If extra dental care is needed, we will be happy to coordinate with your family dentist to make sure you receive the best possible care.