You know orthodontic treatment is the next step in your smile journey, but maybe you’re not sure where to get started. No worries, River Falls Orthodontics is here for you. We believe orthodontic care is a journey that should be enjoyed, and we promise to take excellent care of you and your smile. Come experience high-quality care in a welcoming environment!
What to Expect During an Orthodontic Evaluation
At River Falls Orthodontics, we want you to feel comfortable in our office from the very first visit. During your initial orthodontic evaluation, we’ll help you feel acquainted with our staff and the space that will become your orthodontic home and develop a treatment plan that’s right for you.
- Oral Examination: Dr. Norman will perform an oral health exam to understand the current state of your smile. She’ll take note of your current dental health, examine the state of your jaw and teeth position, and see if any permanent teeth are still left to erupt. She will also take digital images of your smile using state-of-the-art 3D scanning technology to use as a model for your orthodontic treatment.
- Develop an Action Plan: After Dr. Norman examines your smile and captures images, she will walk you through a suggested action plan for your treatment. She will discuss any orthodontic issues she sees, go over your treatment timeline, and talk through any orthodontic appliances recommended for treatment.
- A Tour of the Office: To ensure you feel at home in our office, you’ll get a full tour! We’ll introduce you to team members, show you around the exam room, and answer any questions you have about our practice or your treatment.
Medical and Dental History Evaluation
Your medical and dental history play a big role in your orthodontic treatment. Dental issues such as gum disease, the use of certain prescription drugs, and other health concerns can impact your orthodontic treatment and will need to be taken into consideration as we develop your treatment plan. Your dental health is an important part of your overall health, and we want to make sure you can achieve a straight, healthy smile for life.
Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment
Early orthodontic treatment can positively affect a patient’s dental health and overall health. Overcrowding and misalignment can make it harder to brush and floss properly and create more places for food particles and tartar to settle in your teeth, potentially leading to tooth decay or gum disease down the road.
Additionally, jaw growth or facial bone development can affect the placement of your teeth, and potentially lead to jaw pain or jaw-related issues. Through orthodontic treatment and dentofacial orthopedics, Dr. Norman and her talented team can tackle orthodontic and jaw-related issues early before your teeth, jaw, and facial bones fully grow into place.