The New Patient Visit to our office is designed to allow patients to meet the doctor and to get comfortable with the office. During this visit, the doctor will examine the patient in order to determine two things:
1)Would the patient benefit from orthodontic treatment? and
2) Is the patient ready to begin treatment?
The doctor will also discuss general treatment ideas, however the doctor often cannot discuss more precise details of treatment and exact treatment fees until a complete set of records are taken and reviewed. If the patient desires, a complete set of records can be taken at this appointment. Records include 2 digital x-rays, digital photographs, and study models (impressions). This appointment is generally scheduled for 45 minutes.
If the patient is ready to begin treatment and records have been taken during the first visit, the second visit will be a more formal Consultation. During this visit, the records and diagnosis will be reviewed, and a detailed treatment plan will be discussed. If different options are available for treatment, they will be discussed at this time, along with the associated treatment fees. Patients/parents are encouraged to ask questions, to help them feel more comfortable with any proposed treatment.
Some children may need what is called Early/Phase I Treatment. Early treatment is recommended in instances when your child's teeth have specific problems that may affect normal tooth eruption or proper jaw growth. Some examples of early/phase I treatment are as follows:
Space Maintenance: Fixed or removable appliances to prevent crowding from worsening, or to prevent space loss when baby teeth need to be extracted early.
Palatal Expansion: An expander is required when your child's upper jaw (maxilla) is too narrow relative to the lower jaw (width). The discrepancy in jaw size results in a "cross-bite." Palatal expanders work better in younger patients, often before the child is ready for "full braces" treatment. If left untreated, this can lead to facial and jaw asymmetry.
Growth Modification: Some patients have either excess growth or deficient growth of either the upper or lower jaw. In some of these cases growth modification can correct this discrepancy. A common form of growth modification is called a headgear/night brace. The most common type used in early treatment is designed to encourage a deficient upper jaw to grow more than it normally would otherwise.
Comprehensive Orthodontic Treatment, often called "full braces," not only aligns the teeth to provide a beautiful smile, but also corrects occlusion/bite issues that may exist (over-bites, under-bites, etc.) Some patients who have severe crowding or extreme overjets/overbites may require extractions of adult teeth to allow proper alignment. For children, comprehensive treatment is often started when the last few baby teeth are still present and are beginning to loosen. Often, comprehensive treatment can be completed within 18-24 months. Correct timing to start comprehensive treatment, can greatly aid an orthodontist in providing ideal results and reduce the chance that adult teeth need to be extracted. However, it is never "too late" for comprehensive orthodontic treatment, as beautiful results can be achieved for patients of all ages, including late into adulthood.
It is never too late for orthodontic treatment, and these days we see many adult patients who never had orthodontic treatment as children and want to straighten their teeth, or some adults who had braces in the past, and now have relapsed somewhat and would like to touch-up their smiles. Other adults may need limited orthodontic treatment to provide the needed space to allow their dentist to place implants, crowns or bridges. As with children, all treatment plans are customized to best fit the patient's need.
While These days more and more adults are getting "braces," many adults and even older teenagers are not too excited about "metal braces." For those patients not looking to dress up their braces with all the colors of the rainbow, we offer multiple cosemetic options for treatment, which are less conspicuous than traditional braces. These cosmetic options include ceramic (tooth colored) braces and Invisalign treatment.
Invisalign is often misunderstood as a product that you can simply "purchase" from dentists or orthodontists that will straighten your teeth. The fact is, Invisalign is an appliance used for comprehensive orthodontic care, using clear plastic removable aligners, instead of braces. As with braces, the results are only as good as the doctor providing your treatment, as the aligners are designed to work according to the doctor's detailed prescription/instructions. So while it may be possible to find general dentists offering invisalign treatment, likely for a lower fee than an orthodontist, that should be weighed against the extensive training and experience of orthodontic specialists, such as Dr. Harry.
A small percentage of orthodontic patients have bite problems and/or facial deformities that require orthodontic treatment in combination with jaw surgery to correct the underlying issues to obtain an ideal result. These patients often have excessive or deficient upper or lower jaw growth, or facial asymmetries that cause severe esthetic or functional problems. Dr. Harry is both very experienced with these types of cases and work in concert with the most experienced surgeons to provide the best results possible.
WOODBURY PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY & ORTHODONTICS
800 Woodbury Road Suite E Woodbury, NY 11797
Tel: (516) 921-0400
Fax: (516) 921-8629