Our objective is to make sure your visits with us will be pleasant and informative. Your initial appointment will consist of an examination and a discussion of potential treatment options. This important visit will address the orthodontic needs of you or your child.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your first visit
- Any X-rays (if applicable)
- Medical and Dental History Information: this form will be provided at the consultation
- A list of medications you or your child is presently taking
- If you have dental insurance, please provide complete information to us prior to your visit. This will enable us to retrieve orthodontic benefit information and have it ready to present to you at your appointment. It will also allow us to process insurance claims at the start of treatment.
- We will need to know the insurance company name, policy subscriber name, date of birth, and identification number (which is often the Social Security number).
Please alert the office if you have a medical condition that may be of concern (such as diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.), or you are on any medication (heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, etc.)
Broken appointments: If for some reason you cannot make it to your appointment, please contact our office at (530) 622-6546. By doing so, you allow another patient to use that time as well as reschedule your appointment. There is a $15.00 charge for appointments missed without prior notice.
If it is after hours, leave your name and number and a brief message on our answering machine and we will return your call in the morning.
Diagnostic Records & Treatment Planning
If it is determined that treatment is indicated, you will be scheduled for diagnostic records. These records usually consist of study models, diagnostic photographs and orthodontic X-rays.
Once these orthodontic records have been obtained, Dr. Sanders will review them and determine a specific treatment plan for your orthodontic needs. Then our office will give you a call to review your treatment plan, schedule the necessary appointments to begin your orthodontic treatment, and set up financial arrangements for you.
Periodic visits are an important part of orthodontic treatment. Generally, we will want to see you every four to eight weeks to check your progress and make adjustments to your braces. During this time, you will need to keep appointments, follow instructions, eat nutritiously, and practice good oral hygiene. Also continue to visit your dentist regularly.
Once your braces are removed, retainers are utilized to hold your teeth in their new positions until your bone, gums, and muscles adapt to the new teeth positions. The retention period is an important part of your overall treatment and should not be neglected!
Length of Treatment
Braces may be on between six and 30 months, or longer depending on the age of the patient, the severity of the problem, the patient’s cooperation and the degree of movement possible.
Before any orthodontic treatment, your family dentist should make certain that all cavities have been treated and the health of your gums and underlying bone are free of periodontal disease.
In addition, your dentist or an oral surgeon will remove any teeth as prescribed by Dr. Sanders to correct your bite. Your family dentist should also schedule cleaning and cavity checkup visits during your orthodontic care. We would like to reinforce the need to keep your regular visits with your family dentist, because we are only an aid to your family dentist and not a replacement.
Please contact our office at (530) 622-6546 if you have any questions. The timing of your treatment is very important. You or your child may or may not be ready for treatment. A consultation will enable us to understand your needs more clearly.