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Your First Visit

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What Happens at Your First Visit

At your first visit to our Oceanside orthodontist office, diagnostic records are made to determine the best course of treatment. Diagnostic records typically include photos of your face and teeth, as well as x-rays. We use this information to develop a custom treatment plan that’s unique to your needs and goals. These records are also helpful in tracking the progress of your treatment as your teeth begin to move and shift into the optimal position.

After Dr. Allen has evaluated your records, we’ll discuss our recommended treatment plan with you in detail, including the payment options.

Same-Day Braces

Are you ready to get your beautiful, new smile? We will help you save yourself an extra visit and get your braces or Invisalign® started the same day as your orthodontic consultation.

With same-day braces, we can maximize the efficiency of your visit and the results at the same time. Our team can help rescue you from the hassle of multiple visits.

Regular Appointments

The appointment where the magic really happens is when we give you your appliances, like braces, expanders, etc. Getting your appliances put on usually takes about an hour. Then, you’ll visit us at regular intervals, about 4 to 8 weeks apart, so that we can look at how your teeth are shifting and making any adjustments needed. This type of appointment takes around 30 minutes.

It’s important to note that patients are only seen by appointment only. We really make every effort to be on time for our patients and so we ask that you do your best to be on time for your appointments. Of course, we get it, life happens. If you know you’re going to be a few minutes late, or need to cancel an existing appointment please notify us as soon as you can.

Answers To Your FAQs From Dr. Allen

At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?
American Association of Orthodontists recommend you should schedule your child’s first appointment by age 7.  Orthodontic treatment and a child’s growth can complement each other.  By timing orthodontic treatment to predictable stages of dental development, the orthodontist may be able to take advantage of your child’s growth and development.  Some problems that can be treated quite well in a growing child may require corrective surgery or permanent teeth to be extracted if treated after growth has occurred. Learn more about early treatments for kids.
What will I learn from the initial examination?

Dr. Allen will thoroughly explain your options to you after he completes the exam, and will recommend the best course of treatment. You’ll learn the answers to five important questions during your consultation appointment, including:

  • Is there an orthodontic issue, and if so, what is it?
  • What treatment is needed to correct the problem? Can braces and/or Invisalign correct the problem?
  • Will any teeth need to be removed?
  • How long will treatment take?
  • How much will treatment cost?

Learn more about what you can expect at your first visit.

How much will orthodontic treatment cost?
We can only determine treatment costs after your initial consultation is completed, as each patient’s case is unique. You can learn more about our Financing & Insurance policies page, or speak to one of our staff members at the office. We’ll review your financing options with you, and will work with you to maximize your insurance benefits. Learn More
Is it too late to have orthodontic treatment if I am already an adult?
Adult orthodontics is becoming more common, as orthodontic treatment helps increase overall happiness level, health, and self-esteem. It’s never too late for a beautiful smile! Learn more about treatments for adults.
Do I need a referral from my dentist to see an orthodontist?

If you think you or your child needs braces, you may be surprised to learn you do not need a referral from your dentist. You can make an appointment with Allen Orthodontics any time to discuss your orthodontic needs and set up a treatment plan.

 

It is also important to note that if your dentist does make a referral, you do not need to choose that orthodontist. You’re free to see anyone you feel can do the best job for you.

 

This doesn’t mean your dentist is not an important part of your care. He or she definitely is. It is important to continue to see your dentist throughout your orthodontic care.

 

With or without a referral, you should bring your child for an orthodontic consultation by age 7, as the American Association of Orthodontists recommends. Examining children before all the permanent teeth have erupted help an orthodontist to correct problems that would be more difficult and costly to address later.

 

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