For many of you, this may be your first time coming to the orthodontist. We want to assure you that you will feel comfortable and at ease at our office.
We are always excited about meeting new patients during their first visit to our office. Your initial appointment will consist of a thorough examination and a discussion of potential treatment options. This first visit will give us insight into your orthodontic needs and gather diagnostic records. The records include X-rays and photos and are necessary for helping us develop your appropriate treatment plan.
Before your appointment, you will receive new patient forms either by mail or email. You may also download and print these forms below. Please bring these forms completed and signed to your consultation.
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If you're ready to improve your smile, please fill out the form below or call us at 434-990-5722 to schedule a consultation!
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True orthodontic emergencies are rare, but if they occur we are always here to help! Below are solutions to common orthodontic concerns. If you are experiencing severe pain or are unable to resolve the problem yourself, please give our office a call.
If your bracket is still attached to the wire we recommend leaving it in place and placing wax over it to keep it from moving. Please call our office during normal business hours to let us know that a bracket is loose or has come off. We will either schedule you to come in before your appointment (Monday-Wednesday) or add time to your upcoming appointment to allow time to replace the bracket if needed. If a loose bracket comes off the wire, please place it in a plastic bag and bring it with you.
Sometimes the colored ring around a bracket can come off from brushing and eating. Generally this is not a problem and can be corrected at your next appointment.
Sometimes before we put in an appliance or put on braces, we put in what we call spacers or separators on your back teeth. As the space is created, spacers can come loose. If your next appointment is within one day, you do not need to let us know ahead of time and may just notify us at your appointment. If your appointment is more than 24 hours away, please call and let us know that the spacer has come out. Spacers are able to be replaced during our normal business hours Monday-Thursday. Ideally, we will ask you to come in 1 - 2 days before your appointment to have it replaced. However, if it comes out on the weekend, we will still keep your next appointment and may be able to fit your appliance even without the spacer being in place.
Using your fingers or tweezers, try to place the wire back in place. If you need to secure the wire, you may use floss to tie the wire to bracket. As a last resort, you can clip the wire with a small pair of fingernail clippers. If you do clip the wire, make sure to give us a call to schedule an appointment Monday-Thursday to have the wire replaced.
Nothing is more irritating than a wire poking. There are some things you can do at home to relieve the annoyance. You can use nail clippers to clip the wire as close to the back bracket as possible (if you end up doing this, please call us at our next business day and we'll schedule you to come in and replace the wire). We also recommend using a pencil eraser to help push the wire into a more comfortable place. You may also dry the area with a tissue and place a piece of wax over the offending part of the wire. If none of these work for you, you can call our office and we'll schedule you to come in Monday - Thursday and we'll clip the wire for you.
Forsus springs attach to the top back molars and the lower wire. Occasionally, they can come off the lower wire or come disengaged when opening the mouth very widely (for example, when yawning). We recommend tying the spring to the wire and calling our office to have it replaced during our next patient day (Monday - Wednesday). If the spring comes off the wire, please place it in a bag and bring it with you to when you are scheduled to have the spring replaced.
Soreness is common when you first start headgear because your teeth are moving. If you are having continued trouble putting on your headgear, please call the office for assistance. We may have you come in at our next patient day (Monday - Wednesday) so that we can check it.
Soreness is a common but short lived result of moving the teeth. Whenever your teeth are sore you should eat primarily soft food. If discomfort persists, you can take Ibuprofen or Tylenol (whichever you normally take for a headache) as needed.
Cuts on lips or mouth
It is common to get a small sore inside your mouth shortly after braces are placed. After healing, most patients do not develop sores again. To facilitate healing, place a small ball of wax over the offending bracket or wire to allow your tissue to heal.
Recommended Adjunctive Products
ACT Fluoride Mouthrinse
Use this rinse after brushing for an additional boost of fluoride!
Flossing: Plackers Orthopick Flossers for Braces, Platypus Orthodontic Flossers
Both of these are flossing picks which are designed to fit under orthodontic wires.
Both Sonicare and Oral-B offer electric toothbrushes that make brushing easier and more effective.
As an adjunct to flossing and brushing, a Waterpik will help remove food and plaque.
Plaque HD Toothpaste
This is an amazing new toothpaste that temporarily stains plaque on the teeth. In order to remove the stain you must brush off the plaque. It is a great tool for helping patients see areas they might otherwise miss.
For a stronger fluoride prescription, our office is happy to provide a prescription for Clinpro Toothpaste.