Your First Visit
Each individual orthodontic problem is unique and deserves personalized attention. On your initial visit to our office, Dr. Schuberth will perform a comprehensive visual examination of the teeth, jaws and face and any concerns that you may have will be discussed. Orthodontic problems, which can result from genetic and environmental factors, must be properly diagnosed before treatment begins. A proper diagnosis involves x-rays, dental impressions and photographs that will enable Dr. Schuberth to make informative decisions about what type of appliance will deliver the best results. These diagnostic records are usually taken at the initial appointment by our friendly staff or can be scheduled at a subsequent appointment. Dr. Schuberth will review his findings with you and financial options will be discussed during a comprehensive consultation appointment.
Our objective is to make sure your visits with us will be easy and informative. Your initial appointment will consist of an examination and a discussion of potential treatment options. This important visit will address the orthodontic needs of you or your child.
Please assist us by providing the following information, if available, at the time of your first visit:
- Any x-rays (if applicable)
- A list of medications you are presently taking
- If you have medical or dental insurance, bring the necessary completed forms. We will use this information to check your benefits and help you process claims.
Please alert the office if you have a medical condition that may be of concern (i.e. allergy, diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.) or if you are on any medication (i.e. heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, etc.). It is important for us to be made aware of your medical history so as to better serve you at our practice.
Broken Appointments: If for some reason you cannot make it to your appointment, please contact our office at Barrington Office Phone Number 847-381-7081 so that we can reschedule your appointment as soon as possible. If it is after hours, please leave your name, phone number, and a brief message on our answering machine and we will return your call in the morning.
Periodic visits are an important part of orthodontic treatment. Generally, we will want to see you every 4 to 8 weeks to check your progress and make adjustments to your braces. During this time, you will need to keep appointments, follow instructions, eat nutritiously, practice good oral hygiene, and continue to visit your dentist regularly.
Once your braces are removed, retainers are utilized to allow your bone, gums, and muscles to adapt to the their new positions and prevent them from shifting out of place. The retention period is an important part of your overall treatment and should not be neglected!
Length of Treatment
Braces may be on between 6 months to 30 months or longer depending on the age of the patient, the severity of the problem, the degree of movement possible, and the patient’s cooperation..
Before any orthodontic treatment, your family dentist should make certain that all cavities have been treated and the health of your gums and underlying bone are free of periodontal disease.
In addition, your dentist or an oral surgeon will remove any teeth that Dr. Schuberth may prescribe to correct your bite. Your family dentist should schedule regular cleaning and cavity checkup visits during your orthodontic care as we are only an aid to your family dentist and not a replacement.