During your initial visit to our office, we will help you get acquainted with our office and learn about your orthodontic treatment. We understand that each patient’s orthodontic treatment is different, and we promise to give you the personal attention you deserve. Your first orthodontic visit will consist of an examination and discussion of potential treatment options. This important visit will address your orthodontic needs to determine if this is the proper time to begin treatment.
We will provide a complete clinical diagnosis regarding the nature of the problem, and a detailed plan that outlines your treatment, goals and estimated fees. We encourage questions from both the patient and the parent, and as such, we provide ample time to answer your questions.
When to begin treatment
In accordance with the American Association of Orthodontists, Dr. Hoey recommends an initial examination around the age of 7 to 8. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.
How treatment works
Braces use steady, gentle pressure to gradually move teeth into their proper positions. Dr. Hoey uses several different types of braces and state-of-the-art self-ligating brackets, which reduce treatment time and provide maximum comfort to our patients.
Phase I & II Treatment
Phase I may begin as early as 8 or 9 years of age. This treatment may involve partial braces to expand and make room for developing teeth, correct a crossbite, overbite or underbite or help alleviate harmful habits that may impact the health and eruption of permanent teeth. Not all children need Phase I treatment (approximately 10% of our patients fit into this category).
Phase II involves full braces, which give maximum control over the movement of teeth. When all of the permanent teeth have erupted in the mouth, Dr. Hoey can completely finish the final correction of the bite and turned teeth at this phase, so the patient can enjoy a lifelong, beautiful smile.
It is very important that you continue to visit your family dentist once every six months, even during your orthodontic treatment, for teeth cleanings and routine dental checkups. If extra dental care is needed, we will be happy to coordinate with your family dentist to make sure that you are receiving the best care possible.