Your First Orthodontist Visit
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)
- Dental insurance information
- Completed online or printed patient registration forms.
Broken Appointments: If for some reason you cannot make it to your appointment, please contact our office at Newark Office Phone Number 510-796-1793. By doing so you allow another patient to use that time as well as reschedule your appointment. If it is after hours leave your name and number and a brief message on our answering machine and we will return your call in the morning.
Diagnostic Records & Treatment Planning
If it is determined that treatment is indicated, you will be scheduled for diagnostic records. These records usually consist of 3D models, diagnostic photographs and orthodontic x-rays. Once these orthodontic records have been obtained, Dr. Wong will review them and determine a specific treatment plan for your orthodontic needs. He will present his treatment plan with you and then we will set up the necessary appointments to begin your orthodontic treatment.
Periodic visits are an important part of orthodontic treatment. Generally, we will want to see you every 6 weeks to check your progress and make adjustments to your braces. During this time, you will need to keep appointments, follow instructions, and practice good oral hygiene. Also continue to visit your dentist regularly.
Once your braces are removed, retainers are utilized to hold your teeth in their new positions so your bone and gums adapt to the new 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.
If needed, your dentist or an oral surgeon will remove any teeth that Dr. Wong 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.
Please contact our office at
Newark Office Phone Number 510-796-1793
if you have any questions. The timing of your treatment is very important. Therefore, a consultation will allow us to better understand your needs.