Each orthodontic case is unique and requires treatment accordingly.

1st Appointment:

The first appointment is used to get a history of the problem and the general concerns are discussed. The patient’s face and mouth are examined and an assessment of the malocclusion present is done. If x-rays are available, these are examined and reviewed. If orthodontic treatment is indicated arrangements will be made for orthodontic records to be done for more detailed examination of the case. If the patient is not ready for orthodontic treatment, they will be placed on recall for later revision at an appropriate date.

2nd Appointment:

The relevant necessary information is gathered by taking a full set of photographs of the face and teeth and taking impressions to make plaster models of the teeth. A detailed clinical examination is done of the teeth, muscles, jaw relationships and soft tissues present. Detailed measurements of x-rays are made.

The period between the second and the third visit is spent by the Orthodontist analysing all the data recorded at the second visit. The x-rays are traced on the computer and subjected to detailed computer analysis including treatment predictions. Once all the data are collated, a specific treatment plan is drawn up for the particular patient, taking into account the genetic make-up present. The finished result is planned at this stage and hence the retention after treatment is designed before the commencement of treatment.

3rd Appointment:

The patient and parents (as the case may be) are presented with the proposed treatment plan in detail. Computer projections are demonstrated. Patient cooperation and all concerns are discussed. You are free to raise any matters you may feel are relevant and you are encouraged to air your views.

4th Visit and beyond:

Clinical visits of varied length according to the worked planned for each appointment. Parents may be present if they desire and may ask questions if they need an explanation of procedures as they are implemented.

TOOLS/TECHNOLOGY

The practice of Orthodontics is an exciting, personal phenomenon in which the Orthodontist is required to perform manually the dictates of his analysis, diagnosis and treatment planning of a case of malocclusion. To this end, he uses bands, brackets, wires and extra-oral appliances and applies the skills required. These skills are learnt in his specialist course and are continuously upgraded throughout his practising career as a specialist.

There are a great number of appliances manufactured and all claim to be better and faster. The Orthodontist is required to choose appliances which he regards as the best for the job at hand. These are not necessarily the newest manufactured since the claims made do not always stand the test of time.

As an Orthodontist, I have always chosen appliances that have been thoroughly tested scientifically. It is my belief, however, that it is only the Orthodontist who is in the “driver’s seat” and hence he must be in total command of an appliance at all times. You are welcome to discuss this in more detail with me at my office whenever you come in for an appointment.

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