Your First Visit
Thank you for scheduling a complimentary consultation at Dixon Orthodontics! Plan to spend about one hour at the office. At your consultation, you will be greeted by our new patient care coordinator who will escort you to the consultation suite. After a series of photos and x-rays, Dr. Dixon will perform an examination to determine your orthodontic needs. We will discuss your goals and concerns and explain the recommended treatment plan. After meeting with Dr. Dixon, you will have the opportunity to discuss scheduling and cost with our new patient care coordinator. There is no charge for this visit.
How do I know if my child needs orthodontic treatment?
If you notice crooked teeth, adult teeth not growing in, or anything unusual about your child’s bite, you can contact an orthodontist directly without needing a referral. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that all children be evaluated by an orthodontist around age seven. This is because certain conditions can be treated more effectively at an earlier stage of dentition. Consultation are always complimentary, and we are happy to provide an opinion.
What types of braces are there?
We offer three types of braces: traditional metal brackets, clear ceramic brackets, and clear aligners. Each type has pros and cons. Metal braces are durable, cost-efficient, and effective. They do require you to avoid hard or chewy foods, and require extra care to ensure optimum hygiene. Ceramic brackets are similar to metal brackets, but, because they are semi-translucent, they are barely noticeable on your teeth.
Clear aligners work through a series of progressively aligned trays. They are completely removable, so you can continue to eat the same foods you would otherwise and brush and floss without obstruction. But, they do require some extra willpower. If you don’t wear them most of the time, they won’t work