Appointment timing, and how often we need to see you.
Your initial consultation
We are always excited about meeting new patients. Your first appointment will consist of a clinical examination and a discussion of potential treatment options. We use x-rays and photos to best diagnose your case, and explain your case to you with visual aids. This important 50 minute visit will give us insight into your orthodontic needs. At this appointment we provide you with a written quote for any treatment proposed by Mark. This will include item numbers you can use to find out how much your rebate will be, if you are in a private health fund.
Reviews and recalls
Often, after your initial consultation, we won't want to begin treatment right away - depending on age, growth, and patient commitments (sport, music etc). If we are not ready to begin, we will schedule a recall appointment for a later date (3 - 12 months) to reassess. If the patient is young, often we will see them annually or biannually for some years, until treatment is indicated. There is no fee for these appointments, they are covered in your initial consultation fee if you attend between 9:00am - 3:00pm.
During braces treatment, we need 3 long appointments - banding (braces on), bracket repositioning, and deband (braces off). All checks and adjustments between these appointments are usually 20 minutes long, and every 4 - 6 weeks.
Invisalign appointments are not as long, however we still require to see you every 4 - 6 weeks to check your progress and issue your next aligners.
We still like our patients to visit us when treatment is finished! We will see you 6 - 8 weeks after treatment completion, to check your teeth and retention look good. We take this opportunity to show you your Before and After photos to see how much your smile has changed! Generally we like to see you yearly after this appointment.
Sometimes we need to see you in between your scheduled visits, if you have lost or broken an appliance, or are experiencing pain. There is no additional fee for these appointments, and we do our best to accommodate you as soon as possible.