The first step is a complimentary consultation where Dr. Austin will look at your teeth, jaws and facial structure. She also takes the time at this appointment to discover your needs and concerns you have with your(or your child's) teeth. After your goals are defined, we will create a customized plan for you and your teeth. This may include braces, clear aligners such as Invisalign, or other orthodontic appliances.
The next step is full diagnostic records- including any necessary radiographs and photos. Dr. Austin will confirm with the records that she has the correct plan in place for you. She will also communicate with your dentist the treatment plan and how to coordinate appointments with other dentists/specialists, as needed.
We will then place braces or aligners and show you how to take good care of the new addition to your mouth. This appointment usually takes 1-2 hours. Patients typically return for adjustments every 6-8 weeks, and the average course of treatment is 6 months-3 years, depending on difficulty.
When orthodontic treatment is complete, we make retainers for you that will keep your teeth in proper position, and we will continue to see you for routine retainer checks during the next couple years. We now recommend that you wear retainers at night for life to ensure that your teeth do not move!