The first appointment takes one hour so that we can complete a thorough exam and have time to discuss any concerns you may have. A digital x-ray and photographs are taken so that an accurate diagnosis can be made. These records allow us to clearly show any orthodontic problems that are found. We will review our findings with you and discuss potential treatment options.
During the appointment, we address questions about the basics of orthodontic treatment. Some of these questions include:
We encourage you to ask questions as well!
At the end of the appointment, we will give you a letter with photographs that summarizes our diagnostic findings, as well as offering recommendations regarding treatment. If treatment is recommended, you will also be given a fee estimate and payment options.
To make your first appointment go as smoothly as possible, please download the following forms and bring them with you:
If you have orthodontic insurance, please bring your insurance card. By providing this information at your first visit, we will be able to give you an accurate estimate of your costs.
Please call us 206-784-5372 to schedule this initial evaluation appointment. We look forward to meeting you!
Now that you have your braces in place, it is just as important if not more important to maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine. Braces, wires, retainers, and bands can all trap food particles and make it difficult to brush or floss away plaque. Careful brushing and flossing, preferably after every meal and snack, is the best way to prevent plaque build-up, tooth decay, and gum disease. Click on each section below to learn more about how to continue a proper oral hygiene routine while in braces.
When you are finished brushing and flossing, rinse your mouth carefully with water or an antiseptic mouthwash.
An antiseptic dental rinse can help minor gum inflammations and irritations from orthodontic appliances. Also used to cleanse canker sores, minor wounds, and other mouth and gum irritations, this mouth rinse removes debris allowing natura healing.
During the retention phase, it is important to brush your retainer each time you brush your teeth as they can accumulate food particles and plaque.
Once a day, you should soak your appliance in a glass of room-temperature water with a denture cleaning tablet, such as Polident or Efferdent. This will help prevent plaque build-up and oral infections and will keep your appliance tasting better. Do not use hot water as it can warp the appliance.
Your teeth may be a little sore the first week in braces, so we recommend sticking to a soft food diet until the discomfort subsides. While in braces, you can still eat just about anything although there are a few exceptions.
You should avoid hard foods, such as ice and pizza crusts, as well as sticky foods, including licorice and caramels. These foods can damage wires and brackets. It is also important to minimize foods high in sugar content, like ice cream and cookies, and reduce sugary drinks to one per day.
Visit our Ask Joe page for short videos and infosheets with important tips and facts.
Our objective is to achieve outstanding results in a comfortable, friendly environment. We are generally open 7:10 AM – 5:00 PM Monday - Thursday to serve you.
Your scheduled appointment time has been reserved specifically for you. We request a minimum of 24 hours notice if you need to cancel your appointment. We are aware that unforeseen events sometimes require missing an appointment. After missing your second appointment without notifying us 24 hours in advance, you will be subject to an additional fee.
We see patients beginning at 7:10 AM. These early appointments are very popular since they occur before school or work. To maximize the number of patients accommodated before and after school, these are shorter appointments. Longer appointments, including placing appliances, and more technical adjustments, are typically done during the middle of the day.
Our office is committed to helping you maximize your insurance benefits. If you have insurance, we will be happy to assist in determining the coverage you have as well as file claims and answer questions. Orthodontic coverage is often a separate benefit in a dental insurance contract. To capitalize on your benefits, coverage must stay active during the entire course of treatment. Insurance may not cover charges for lost or broken appliances.