Your First Orthodontist Visit
Your first visit is a courtesy visit. We will take photographs of your face and teeth. The doctor will evaluate the patient to determine if treatment is indicated at this time. We will spend as much time as necessary to answer all of your questions. Please bring any x-rays that you may have. Dr. Kmentt does not utilize a treatment coordinator to evaluate a patient as we feel that it is important to have the doctor talk to you personally.
Diagnostic Records Appointment
If Dr. Kmentt feels that you could benefit from orthodontic treatment, diagnostic records will be taken. In addition to your photographs, complete digital diagnostic records typically include a medical/dental history, clinical examination, plaster study models of the teeth, and digital x-rays. This information is used to develop a custom treatment plan for each patient. These records are also helpful in tracking the progress of treatment as the teeth move under orthodontic care.
After Dr. Kmentt has evaluated your records, he will personally discuss your treatment with you in detail, including the fee for your particular case.
The appointment when you get your appliances ( braces, expanders, head gear etc.) usually takes from 1/2 to 1 hour. You’ll then see us at regular intervals of 4-6 weeks apart to adjust your braces. The adjustments take 15- 30 minutes. Our regular office hours are Tuesday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm. during the school year. Our summer hours are Tuesday to Friday 8:30 to 5 pm and Friday 8:30 am to 1:00 pm. Patients are seen by appointment only. We make every effort to be on time for our patients and ask that you extend the same courtesy to us. If you cannot keep an appointment, please notify us immediately. It is difficult to reschedule you since most appointments are scheduled 4-6 weeks in advance. Missed appointments can prolog treatment time. 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 the second half of the your overall treatment and should not be neglected! Braces are what gets the teeth straight and the retainers are what hold them there!
Before any orthodontic treatment, your family dentist should make certain that all cavities have been treated and your gums and underlying bone are healthy. During orthodontic treatment it is important to practice good oral hygiene and to schedule cleaning and checkup visits with your general dentists 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 Mentor Office Phone Number 440-205-7500 if you have any questions.
The timing of your treatment is very important. You or your child may or may not be ready for treatment. Therefore, a consultation will allow us to better understand your needs.