Age of First Visit
While we certainly welcome patients of all ages to schedule a first visit to Duehr & Hoelscher Orthodontics, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should be performed at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7.
While the vast majority of children will not require any treatment at this age, early examination allows for early detection of a developing problem. Early detection allows us to correct some problems more effectively and less invasively at a younger age. When interceptive treatment is not indicated, we can monitor the patient’s dental development on a recall basis so that treatment can be started at the appropriate time.
What to Expect
The first appointment is the “get acquainted” visit. One of our assistants will welcome you back to our treatment area where she will give you a brief tour of the office. After a brief examination Drs. Duehr or Hoelscher will provide an explanation of the preliminary findings and discuss the treatment options available to correct any problems that may exist. Any questions you have will be answered by the doctor at this time.
If treatment is indicated, a complete set of orthodontic records (diagnostic photos, study models, x-rays, comprehensive exam) will be needed. In some cases, all of the necessary information can be obtained at the initial visit and a formal consultation appointment will be scheduled.