Before you or your child begins orthodontic treatment at our Salem, OR dental practice, Dr. John McDonald will create a detailed treatment plan that maps out how your smile will be transformed. There are many factors that go into drafting a treatment plan, and those details are largely based on your cosmetic goals and a deep understanding of your teeth alignment problems. To help our patients better understand what is involved in the treatment plan process, we offer this overview.
How Will My Treatment Plan Guide My Orthodontic Procedure?
Orthodontic treatments are highly predictable. Modern dentistry allows Dr. McDonald to map out every step of your treatment so you can enjoy predictable and cosmetically rewarding results. The first step in your treatment plan is to develop a strategy. During your initial no-cost, in-depth consultation at our Salem orthodontic practice, Dr. McDonald will listen to your cosmetic goals.
During this initial visit, patients are told about the costs and benefits of undergoing orthodontic treatment. It is important that patients have a realistic understanding of what to expect during treatment. We welcome patients to come with questions for Dr. McDonald.
Topics that may be explored during the initial consultation may include:
- An exploration of the patient’s preference for fixed or removable orthodontic appliances
- Discussions on the cost of orthodontic treatments
- Descriptions of potential treatment timelines
- Discussions of realistic expectations that orthodontic treatments can deliver
Once Dr. McDonald understands your cosmetic goals, he will need to gain a detailed understanding of your oral health and teeth alignment problems. Your examination will include a visual inspection of your teeth and detailed digital imaging of your teeth and jawbone. These details allow Dr. McDonald to develop a customized strategy to address your orthodontic needs.
Dr. McDonald will draft a prioritized problem list. He will then recommend a treatment that addresses those problems in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible. Our Salem orthodontics practice offers:
- Traditional braces
- Non-braces treatments
- Oral and maxillofacial surgery
- Dentofacial orthopedics
- Clear aligner treatments
When considering which treatment option to recommend, Dr. McDonald may consider:
- The nature of the malocclusion
- The patient’s age
- The physical condition of the patient
- Patient’s goals
- Expected prognosis
Dr. McDonald will work with your budget in mind. We offer zero percent in-office financing and have flexible payment arrangements available upon request.
The Final Stage of Your Treatment Plan
Once Dr. McDonald understands your orthodontic needs and your final treatment method has been decided on, he will draft a final treatment plan that includes a treatment timeline. Before you leave your initial free consultation, our office will schedule your first treatment. Before your customized orthodontic treatment begins, you will be given important details, such as the expected timeline for your treatment, which can last anywhere from several months to a few years.
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 20 years of delivering beautiful smiles, we are confident that you will be satisfied with your treatment plan!
Schedule Your Treatment Plan Consultation Today
We understand each patient and family is unique. That’s why we value and respect all of our patients. Dr. McDonald sees every patient during active orthodontic visits and retainer checks. To schedule your next visit to your Salem orthodontist, please contact our staff online or call (503) 585-5400.