Office Policies

During your first visit to our office, we will help you get acquainted with our office and learn about your orthodontic treatment. Dr. Fajen will conduct a preliminary, complimentary examination to evaluate your treatment needs and goals. She will talk to you about your main concerns regarding your teeth and any dentist concerns. She will review your medical/dental history and use a mirror to look at your teeth and bite. Dr. Fajen will discuss any treatment recommendations and when the best time might be to begin treatment. An estimated treatment time and fees will also be discussed. Dr. Fajen sets aside 30 minutes for this complimentary exam. If you must cancel, please do so with at least 24 hours notice so we can continue to offer this as a courtesy visit.

Diagnostic Records

If orthodontic treatment is indicated at this time, diagnostic records will be done at the next appointment. X-rays and photographs of the face and teeth will be made, as well as impressions for plaster study models. X-rays are used to look at the roots of the teeth and how the jaws and teeth relate to each other. Photographs are used to evaluate facial aesthetics and proportions. The teeth and gums and their overall relationship and health are also studied. Impressions are used to form plaster models of the teeth and gums for closer study and to document how the upper and lower teeth fit together. These records allow Dr. Fajen to develop an individualized treatment plan for the patient. The records are also helpful in tracking the progress of treatment as the teeth move under orthodontic care.

Regular Appointments

The appointment when you get your appliances (braces, expanders, etc.) usually takes from one to two hours. You’ll then see us at regular intervals 3 to 5 weeks apart for an adjustment, which takes 20 to 30 minutes. Our regular office hours are Monday and Wednesday from 7am-1pm, and Tuesday and Thursday 12pm-6pm. We  schedule longer appointments in the morning and early afternoon. This way, we can schedule shorter appointments for before and after school to accommodate as many families as possible. To allow us to dedicate the appropriate time to all of our valued patients, we see patients by appointment only. We make every effort to be on time for our patients, and ask that you extend the same courtesy to us. If you cannot keep an appointment, please notify us immediately. Cancel only if it is an emergency. It is difficult to reschedule you since most appointments are made 4 to 5 weeks in advance. Missing appointments can delay treatment time and progress.

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