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Initial appointment - What to expect

Initial Appointment

Our aim is to make sure your visits with us will be relaxed and informative. Your initial appointment will consist of a facial and oral examination including

  • Computerized digital records of your teeth
  • Precise measurements of your teeth to 0.5mm accuracy
  • Record of your bite (A bad bite is associated with increased tooth wear over time)
  • Record of your gum health
  • Record of your oral hygiene
  • Your Dental history (Trauma, Soft tissue habits etc.)
  • Clinical digital images
We usually require a second appointment if treatment is indicated to discuss treatment options, take study models and any orthodontic x-rays which are required. Once all your records are collected then a full treatment plan can be presented to you.

Diagnostic Records & Treatment Planning

Once a specific treatment plan has been formulated for your orthodontic needs, we set up the necessary appointments to begin your orthodontic treatment. At the same time written financial arrangements will be explained to you if you fund the treatment yourself. You will always know exactly what the treatment costs are in total before you start treatment, using our fixed price quotations. There are no surprises.

Successive Visits

Periodic visits are an important part of orthodontic treatment. Generally, we will want to see you every 6-10 weeks to check your progress and make adjustments to your brace. During this time, you will need to keep appointments, follow instructions (Elastic wear, Diet advice etc.), and practice good oral hygiene. We also ask you to continue to visit your dentist regularly.


Once your braces are removed, retainers are fitted to hold your teeth in their new positions until your bone, gums, and muscles adapt to the new teeth positions. The retention period is an important part of your overall treatment and should not be neglected. Retainers are usually worn throughout evenings and night-time.

Everyone’s teeth move throughout life whether or not you have had braces. If you stop wearing your retainers, you will have relapse (teeth moving back to their original position). Some people will have much more relapsed then others. Unfortunately no-one can predict beforehand who will have the most relapse. If you want to guarantee your teeth to stay exactly in their new position for the rest of your life, then you will need to have long term retention.

Please ask about this before treatment starts if you are unsure what long-term retention means. We offer two types of retainers at our orthodontic practice. One set of removable clear plastic retainers is included with your treatment. Hidden bonded retainers are optional and an additional fee usually applies.

Length of Treatment

Braces are often worn between 12 months to 24 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. Our aim is to achieve and ideal outcome for you in the minimum amount of time.

Dental Care

Before any orthodontic treatment, your general dentist should make certain that all cavities (decay) have been treated and the health of your gums and underlying bone are free of periodontal disease.

In addition, your dentist or an oral surgeon will remove any teeth that David Gale has prescribed to correct your malocclusion. Your dentist should also schedule cleaning and cavity check-up visits during your orthodontic care. You must keep your regular visits with your dentist because we are specialists looking after your brace not your general dental health.

Please contact our practice 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.

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