Your First Orthodontic Appointment

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Your First Orthodontic Appointment 

The first visit for orthodontic treatment will most likely involve a examination to determine what treatments are required.  It is very important for the patient to provide as much information as possible so that Dr. Day may create the most beneficial treatment plan.

During the first visit, Dr. Day and his team may perform the following examinations and procedures:

Medical and Dental History Evaluation

Orthodontic treatments cannot begin until other existing medical and dental issues are resolved or are at least under control.  Gum disease, for example, is often exacerbated by fixed braces and must be treated prior to orthodontic treatment.  Certain prescription medications can affect teeth and gums, so great care must be taken to evaluate the whole picture of medical and dental health.

Bite Impressions

Bite impressions or molds are important tools.  Alginate, a soft material that flexibly hardens, is poured into a horseshoe-shaped tray and pressed against the upper and lower teeth so that an imprint is produced.  Plaster is poured into the imprint, creating in a model of the upper and lower teeth.  This allows Dr. Day to take a closer look at how the upper and lower jaws fit together.

Photographs of the Face and Mouth

Dr. Day and his team take regular photographs of the face and mouth.  This shows Dr. Day how the treatment is progressing.  Facial photographs also allow for the measurement of facial proportions.

Panoramic X-rays of the Jaws and Teeth

Panoramic x-rays offer excellent insight into the general health of the teeth, gums, and jawbone.  X-rays show precise root structures of the teeth and how the upper and lower jaws fit together.  X-rays of the temporomandibular jaw joint may also be taken, as necessary.

If you have any questions about orthodontic examinations, please feel free to contact our office at 517-393-8500.

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Dr. Nathan Day, DMD • Dentist • Lansing, MI

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