Before you start treatment at McDonald Orthodontics, Dr. John McDonald will create a detailed treatment plan that maps out your smile’s transformation. Many factors go into drafting a treatment plan, and the details are primarily based on your hope to achieve and Dr. John’s clinical findings from your initial exam. This overview will help you better understand what’s involved with treatment planning.
How can Dr. John Know What to Expect From Me Wearing Braces?
Orthodontic treatments are highly predictable. Dr. John will map out every step of your treatment, and he’ll know what’s going on in your mouth at all times. The first step is to develop a strategy. During your initial no-cost, in-depth consultation, Dr. John will ask you what you want to achieve. What do you want to fix in your smile? Are you concerned about wearing metal braces? Do you worry about how life with braces will play out?
During your initial visit, you’ll learn about the costs and benefits of undergoing orthodontic treatment. It is important that you have a practical understanding of what to expect. We welcome all of your questions!
Topics addressed during the initial consultation often include:
- An exploration of the patient’s preference for fixed or removable orthodontic hardware
- Discussions on the cost of orthodontic treatments
- Descriptions of potential treatment timelines
- Discussions of realistic expectations that orthodontic treatments can deliver (see our before and after pictures)
Once Dr. John understands your goals, he will assess your oral health and the alignment of your teeth and jaws. This examination will include a visual inspection of your teeth and detailed digital imaging of your teeth and jawbones. Imaging helps Dr. John develop a customized strategy for your unique case.
Dr. John will draft a prioritized problem list. He will then recommend a treatment that addresses those problems in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. He may suggest:
- Traditional braces
- Non-braces treatments
- Oral and maxillofacial surgery
- Dentofacial orthopedics
- Clear aligner treatments
When considering which treatment option to recommend, Dr. McDonald will consider:
- The nature of your malocclusion
- Your age
- Your health
- Your goals
- Expected prognosis
Dr. John will plan with your budget in mind. And just so you know, we offer zero-percent, in-office financing and have flexible payment arrangements, upon request.
The Final Stage of Your Treatment Plan
Once you and Dr. John decide on your treatment plan, he will be able to share your treatment timeline. Before you leave your initial consultation, a front office team member will schedule your first clinical appointment.
At McDonald Orthodontics, we pride ourselves on transparency and patient education. All of our patients will have a clear understanding of the cost and time commitments that are involved in their orthodontic treatment. After 50 years of delivering beautiful smiles, we are confident you will be satisfied with your treatment plan!
Call Our Salem Orthodontist to Schedule Your Ortho Consultation Today
We understand each patient and family is unique. That’s why we value and respect all of our patients. Dr. John himself sees every patient during active orthodontic visits and retainer checks. To schedule your visit, call (503) 585-5400.