Appointment one is the “consultation“. The Dentist will look at the teeth, the bite, jaw position and facial features. He will explain a little about orthodontics and his first impressions on your child’s occlusion and jaw relationship along with possible treatment options. The cost of this appointment is $85.00.
The second appointment is for “record-taking“. This is where we gather all the information needed to make a diagnosis and prepare a treatment plan.
Impressions and photos are taken of your child’s teeth, and either x-rays are taken or an appointment made for a future time.
The cost of this appointment is $590.00, this includes the next appointment which is the “treatment plan”.
Appointment three is the “treatment plan” all findings, treatment options and diagnosis are discussed.
A letter of confirmation with pricing details included will be sent to you. Should treatment proceed, costs will vary between $3500-$7150 depending on the treatment required.
If you decide to proceed with treatment we require you send in the “consent form” and the appliance, plate or plates are ordered. At this stage it is usually a good idea to make the next appointment for the fitting.
Appointment four – Usually up to four weeks later. Insertion of the plates is done. Instructions are given and the following appointment or appointments are made. It is usual from here on in to have 4-6 week adjustment appointments.
Note: Should you have a strict time table it is recommended that you make appointments in advance, as our dentists are usually booked up at least 6 weeks in advance.
The active stage will depend upon the severity of the case but may continue from anywhere between 6 to 22 months before the desired affect is achieved. Once the active phase is complete the patient enters the retention phase. This phase is most important and instructions need to be followed closely so that the teeth do not try to move back to their original position.
Sometimes after dental plates are used fixed braces may be required to finalize the position of teeth prior to retainers.
If cranial, neck or breathing abnormalities are detected, we will suggest referrals to chiropractors or cranial osteopaths.