Your initial consultation will give you the opportunity to meet Dr. Caplan and our team, learn more about orthodontics, receive a complete initial exam, and find out which treatment options will best meet your needs. This visit will be approximately 30-40 minutes and can be scheduled to accommodate every family's busy lifestyle.
- Review your dental and medical history forms
- Provide a complete oral exam to determine whether treatment is necessary
- Inform you on the benefits of orthodontic treatment (functional & esthetic)
- Discuss insurance benefit information and review payment plan options
What happens after the initial consultation?
Diagnostic Records Appointment:
The records appointment can be scheduled immediately following the initial consultation. This visit is where a clinical team member will assist Dr. Caplan in gathering the necessary information about your bite to determine the appropriate way to treat your smile. This appointment will last approximately 45 minutes and if time permits, can also be scheduled immediately follow the initial consultation. At the conclusion of this visit, you will have the following diagnostic records:
- Impressions - Molds of your upper and lower teeth
- Photographs of your teeth and face
- Digital Lateral Ceph. - A profile image to evaluate jaw and tooth position
- Digital Panoramic Film - An image to evaluate tooth development and root position
Treatment Plan Conference:
Following the diagnostic records visit, Dr. Caplan will need some time to carefully study the information, therefore a separate treatment plan consultation visit will be scheduled. This visit will usually last 30-40 minutes. At this consultation, Dr. Caplan will review all of the records, treatment options, and proposed orthodontic treatment plan sequence with you.
At this appointment Dr. Caplan will place your new orthodontic appliance. This is an exciting moment for children, parents, and also our adult patients. Some procedures may take about 1-2 hours and during this time our team will be available to make sure that you are as comfortable as possible. After your appliance placement we will review hygiene and home care. A starter home care kit will also be provided.
Visiting the orthodontist about every four, six, or eight weeks is an important part of your orthodontic treatment. It is important for your treatment success not to miss your appointments. These appointments may take 20-30 minutes, we will make every effort to ensure that your appointments are as convenient as possible. However, there will be times that it may be necessary to schedule these adjustments during the day.
Great job, congratulations! This is the most exciting part of treatment. Your appliances are being removed and you can show your new smile to the world! This visit will take 1 ½ hours and just like the first appliance placement appointment it must be scheduled during the day. Also, at this appointment final photos and impressions will be taken and 2 weeks later, retainers will be placed to help maintain your new beautiful smile.
You are now in the most important stage of your orthodontic treatment! During these appointments Dr. Caplan will continue to check how your retainers are fitting and that your teeth have remained in the final position we have placed them. These appointments may take 10-15 minutes and can be generally scheduled during non-school or non-work hours.
Visiting the dentist during orthodontic treatment