First Orthodontist Visit Walnut Creek
Orthodontist in Walnut Creek
Our objective is to make sure your visits with us will be pleasant 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 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. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.
- Completed online or printed patient registration forms.
Diagnostic Records & Treatment Planning
Before you can begin, you will need to get several specialized orthodontic records. These records are necessary so Dr. Masuda can do a complete and thorough diagnosis and determine the best treatment plan for your individual orthodontic situation.
The next steps to beginning treatment are as follows:
Records or study models.
This appointment is in our office. We will take impressions of your upper and lower teeth, send them to the lab, and when we receive them, Dr. Masuda will diagnose a treatment plan.
Orthodontic X-ray Survey
This appointment is at C-Dental X-ray Lab in Walnut Creek. They will take a series of digital x-rays and photographs specifically used for orthodontic diagnosis.
It doesn’t matter which appointment is scheduled first, but we recommend they be scheduled within 7-10 days of each other. This will ensure all the records and x-rays are received about the same time and that we are able to develop a treatment plan and schedule your consultation in a timely manner. So, in summary, the next steps are:
- Diagnostic models
- Specialized orthodontic x-rays (C-Dental Lab)
- Consultation to review and confirm treatment plan
- Initial appointments to begin treatment.
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 and practice good oral hygiene. Also continue to visit your dentist regularly. Call us at ☎ Masuda Orthodontics Phone Number 925-934-3583 to set up your appointment.
Once your braces are removed, retainers are utilized to hold your teeth in their new positions until your bone, gums and muscles adapt to the new teeth positions. 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 patient’s cooperation and the degree of movement possible.
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. Masuda prescribed to correct your bite. Your family dentist should also schedule cleaning and cavity checkup visits during your orthodontic care. We would like to reinforce the need to keep your regular visits with your family dentist because we are only an aid to your family dentist and not a replacement.