Your First Appointment
At your first visit with Buscigilio Smiles, a complimentary panoramic x-ray and a set of photos will be taken. These diagnostics provide the necessary information for Dr. Busciglio to assess your orthodontic needs and discuss treatment options.
If you decide you would like to pursue treatment, a complete set of diagnostic records will be taken. This typically includes photos of the patient’s face and teeth, panoramic and cephalometric x-rays, and study models. This information is used to develop a customized treatment plan for each individual patient. If necessary, these records may also be taken at intervals during treatment to assist in tracking progress as the teeth and jaws move.
Please note that we can make your visit most informative for you if you come with the following information:
- The name of your dentist and any x-rays provided to you (if applicable)
- A list of medications you or your child are presently taking
- Any dental insurance information
We recommend a visit to your dentist to confirm good oral health before initiating orthodontic treatment. Regular dental visits are also necessary during orthodontic treatment.
Types of Braces
This may seem early, but at this age, Dr. Busciglio can identify and address many problems that if left untreated, may make later treatment far more difficult on both the child and the orthodontist.
By the age of seven, most children will have the front four adult teeth on the upper and lower, as well as the first permanent molars erupted. With these teeth erupted, we can evaluate if there is adequate space for the other teeth to erupt. In addition, we can evaluate the growth of the jaws to determine any bite discrepancy, check for crossbites, arch width, and dangerous protrusions of the front teeth.
Often, an early phase of treatment to address one or more of these issues can reduce the likelihood for extractions of adult teeth, simplify later treatment, and improve the child’s self-image during the formative years.
- Advantages of Early Treatment:
- Create space for erupting adult teeth
- Avoid extracting adult teeth
- Protect protruding teeth from damage
- Correct crossbites to avoid permanent damage
- Re-shape arches to create esthetically pleasing alignment and width
- Reduce the likelihood of impacted teeth
- Simplify later treatment
In addition, orthodontic technology has advanced to a point where we can now move teeth and complete adult cases as if they were children or teenagers. The days of adult treatment taking twice to three times as long as adolescent treatment are in the past. Using light-force movement and keeping the blood-flow intact encourages bone remodeling and regeneration, which leads to faster tooth movement – even in adults.
Also, many adults have been put off by orthodontic treatment in the past because they were told the only way to correct their bite was with major jaw surgery or permanent tooth extraction. This again is a thing of the past. In most cases, we are able to avoid the need for both surgery and extractions, and our results both esthetically and functionally have been beautiful.
Adult orthodontic treatment is a rapidly growing concept. A recent study showed that one in five orthodontic patients were adults.
If the look of braces is a concern to you, we now have a completely clear version of the Damon braces available for placement. In the past, the benefits of the Damon System (faster tooth movement, lack of surgery and extractions, etc.) were only available in a metal or partially clear bracket. This advancement has made it possible to combine the best functional treatment available with the discreet look that many adults are after. Schedule a complimentary consultation today to see what we can do for you!
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In an effort to keep orthodontic fees down, while maintaining the highest level of professional orthodontic care, we have established these options available to you:
- If payment is made in full at the start of treatment, we will offer a discount of 5% off of your out of pocket fee. (This excludes orthodontic co-pay insurance plans)
- To fit your personal needs, financial arrangements can be made to extend payments over the estimated treatment time, with no finance charges.
For your convenience, we accept payment by Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.
For your convenience we have provided PDF’s of the Patient Information Form and Welcome Forms for you to download, fill out and submit to our office by fax, mail or delivery to the office. If you have any questions, please call us directly at (813) 681-9473. Click on the form links below to access the forms.