During this visit we obtain xrays and photographs and then the patient is examined clinically. This enables the orthodontist to give advice on the treatment options available, when treatment should commence, the duration of treatment, and the approximate cost.
If treatment is indicated at that time, we will also be able to obtain plaster models of the patient.
All the records that are obtained allow the Orthodontist to analyse each case accurately. They are also used to record the existing malocclusion for future reference.
Orthodontic treatment usually takes 18 - 24 months. Some cases may be finished earlier and others may take longer to complete. The total treatment time depends on the severity of the original malocclusion, the type of treatment carried out, and the co-operation of the patient.
During treatment, patients may need to wear such items as rubber bands and/or headgear with their braces. These items provide important extra forces for the correction of the bite.