First Visit

First Visit Photo

For your convenience we have included our patient registration forms on our website for you to complete and send to our office prior to your first visit.

The first time you visit our office, you will receive a "new patient" evaluation. We will review your medical and dental history, take some pictures and perhaps an X-ray.

Then Dr. Moss will check your facial symmetry, profile, smile, TMJ or jaw joints, your teeth and bite and your X-rays. After this evaluation, Dr. Moss will discuss his findings and areas of concern with you. He will recommend one of four options.

The first possible option is that no treatment is needed. These individuals have a good bite, nice profile with the jaws aligned, healthy teeth and gums and good jaw joints.

The second possible recommendation is that treatment will be needed, but it is too early to start. In this case, Dr. Moss will recommend a recheck, usually in six months, after there has been more growth and development of the teeth and jaws.

A third possibility is that early limited Phase I treatment is needed. This early treatment is usually for younger children and often involves limited braces and growth appliances for 12 to 18 months. The purpose of Phase I is to treat those problems that are easy to correct with growth, expansion and tooth guidance at an early age. The cost of limited early treatment is less than the cost of full treatment.

The fourth possible recommendation is full orthodontic treatment or Phase II treatment. This usually requires 18 to 24 months of full braces on all the permanent teeth and other appliances to completely correct the bite. It is followed by a period of retention. Since it is comprehensive treatment, the fee is higher than that for limited treatment.


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