Your First Visit
What to Expect on your first Visit
The patient information/ health history form needs to be completed. This can be done in advance by requesting the form to be e-mailed or faxed to you, or it can be done the day of the patient’s first visit. Dr. Cain will then do a complete orthodontic exam. A panorex x-ray may be requested at this time to better answer questions about missing teeth or when to start treatment. Dr. Cain will then recommend one of three things: no treatment and place the patient on recall or observation; recommend space maintenance to prevent problems from getting worse while waiting for the best time to start treatment; or start active treatment now. If treatment is recommended now we will discuss fees and schedule for x-rays, photos, and scans of your teeth (diagnostic records). By the end of the first visit, you should understand the reason why Dr. Cain is recommending to treat or not to treat at that time. All treatment and financial questions will be answered to the best of our ability at the first visit. Complete answers will be based on analysis of records and written conformation of benefits from insurance companies.
Before you leave the first visit all your questions of when and why to treat should be answered to your satisfaction.
What not to expect at the first visit
Braces will not be placed. Before we can start treatment diagnostic records are taken and analyzed by Dr. Cain. Each patient has an individual need and personal treatment plan. No two patients are exactly the same. At the second appointment the detailed treatment plan is explained and insurance and financial issues are confirmed. Separators that get the teeth ready for braces are placed. Braces are usually put on at the third appointment.
Do not expect us to push a particular brand of braces. We want patients and their parents to understand that Dr. Cain and staff provide a service of comprehensive orthodontic care utilizing the most sophisticated materials and methods. He does not tie himself to any particular brand. He is free to use what is best for each patient.
The right time for a first consultation?
The right time for a first consultation is seven years old. The 1st permanent (six year) molars should be in. Dr Cain will examine the bite to check for significant discrepancies. Another reason for this early examination is to establish a positive relationship with the young child. Even if a significant bite problem exists at seven years old Dr. Cain usually prefers to wait until eight years old. By eight years of age, most children have socially matured enough to be comfortable and to cooperate with the doctor and staff, just as they have learned how to follow instructions from teachers and principals. For children who are hesitant or shy we provide recall exam visits so the child becomes more comfortable and understands this is a non-threatening environment.