Upon your first visit to Caroline Manuel Orthodontics you will receive a thorough and complete examination. This initial screening visit is free of charge. The examination includes the following:
Full set of digital photographs & x-rays
Should treatment be necessary, a complete set of diagnostic records will be recommended.
Treatment estimate also provided.
Analysis of facial & skeletal type
All findings & recommendations will be explained to in easy to understand terms
Assessment of facial growth
Cosmetic & functional goals are tailored to the specific needs of each patient.
Examination of the bite
Alignment of the teeth, health of the soft tissues, function of the jaw joints and adjacent supporting structures
Should you have a problem with your braces, please see the Problem & Solution boxes below.
Q & A
A dental specialist who diagnoses and treats dental and facial irregularities. An orthodontist is trained to straighten and align teeth and jaws with braces.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that age 7 is an appropriate time for a child’s first examination by an orthodontic specialist. Early diagnosis and treatment by the orthodontist can help tooth eruption, guide facial growth, eliminate habits that can interfere with proper function and therefore, prevent more serious problems from occurring.
Over 20% of our patients are adults. Age is not a factor in orthodontic care. This trend is expected to continue as adults become aware of the benefits of modern orthodontic therapy.
Contrary to popular belief, straight teeth are only ONE of the reasons to get braces. Teeth which are aligned properly are easier to clean, especially for children, which improves oral hygiene and dental health for the rest of their lives. Correcting the bite also reduces stress on the teeth, which prevents them from wearing down over the course of years. Finally, properly supported jaw bones and jaw joints decrease oral pain and suffering, both in children and adults.
Yes, we have a brushing station in our office.
Please provide our office with your best way to reach you. You will receive notification the day before your scheduled appointment.
It is possible that you may not be brushing along your gum line as well as needed or you are not flossing frequently. Flossing is very important for the maintenance of good gum health. Healthy gums typically do not bleed when you brush and floss.
During your orthodontic treatment, your teeth will go through many different stages. You will have a series of wires that increase in size as your teeth become straighter. When you begin wearing elastics, to correct your bite, your teeth may become sore at times. Continue to wear the elastics so that your teeth will get used to them. Keep in mind for every hour you don’t wear your elastics, you lose the previous ten hours of elastic wear!
Inquire with your orthodontist at your next scheduled appointment.
Make sure both your tooth and bracket are dry before applying wax. A good way to do this is to use your finger to pull your cheek out, suck in air and then place the wax on desired location. You can also use a cotton ball or paper towel to dry off the area.
Towards the end of your orthodontic treatment, your wisdom teeth will be evaluated and your orthodontist will decide if it is necessary to refer you to a general dentist to make the final decision.
Your orthodontist will recommend the best retainer for your specific treatment needs.
Your orthodontist will determine how long you will need to wear them full time.You will have appointments to check the and monitor your retainer retention. Based on your orthodontist’s recommendations you will get to stop wearing them during the day, but we suggest wearing them at night time for a lifetime.