visitInitial Visit

We want your visit to be both positive and informative. Your initial appointment will consist of two x-rays, an examination and a discussion of potential treatment options. There is no charge for this appointment. This important visit will address the orthodontic needs of you or your child.

Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your first visit:

  • Completed patient information and health history forms
  • A list of medications you are presently taking
  • If you have dental/orthodontic insurance, bring your insurance information and identification card. This will save time and allow us to help process any claims.

Please let us know if you have a medical condition that may be of concern (i.e. diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.) or if you are on any medication (i.e. heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, etc.)

Broken Appointments: If for some reason you cannot make it to your appointment, please contact our office at (352) 376-5055. By doing so you allow another patient to use that time as well as reschedule your appointment. If it is after hours, leave your name and number and a brief message on our answering machine and we will return your call in the morning.

Diagnostic Records

If it is determined that treatment is needed, you will be scheduled for diagnostic records. These records usually consist of study models and/or diagnostic photographs. Diagnostic records help us determine a specific treatment plan to meet your individual treatment needs and goals.

Periodic Adjustment Visits

Periodic visits are an important part of orthodontic treatment. Generally, we will want to see you every 6-8 weeks to check your progress and make adjustments to your braces. It is important that you keep these appointments in order for your treatment to progress on schedule.

Length of Treatment

Braces may be on between 6-30 months or longer depending on the age of the patient, the severity of the problem and the patient’s cooperation.

Dental Care

Before any orthodontic treatment, your family dentist should make certain that all cavities have been treated and the health of your gums and underlying bone are free of gum disease. Once the braces have been placed, it is extremely important to brush and floss as instructed. It is equally important to continue your regularly scheduled 6-month cleaning visits with your family dentist.

Please contact our office if you have any questions. The timing of your treatment is very important. You or your child may or may not be ready for treatment, but a consultation will allow us to better understand your current and future orthodontic needs.