Steps for Getting Braces

So…you are ready to start orthodontic treatment! There are steps that Dr. Parker and his staff take to design a treatment plan that is tailored specifically to you or your child’s orthodontic needs. Orthodontic diagnostic records provide Dr. Parker with the information necessary to create your personalized treatment plan.

Orthodontic Diagnostic Records

Medical and Dental History

This provides the necessary background information to asses a patients overall health.

Clinical Examination

 Dr. Parker will perform a complete intraoral and extraoral examination.  He will evaluate the relationship of teeth to each other and all hard and soft tissues.

Panoramic View X-ray

 This is a full mouth X-ray that shows Dr. Parker the upper and lower jaws, the teeth and supporting bone, sinuses and jaw joints.  Dr. Parker is also able to see any extra or missing teeth, any problems related to the eruption of teeth (impacted teeth), the angles at which teeth are coming in and the general health of the bone.

Panoramic X-ray

Cephalometric View X-ray

This is an X-ray of the entire head taken from a profile view.  Measurements are made from this X-ray that allow Dr. Parker to evaluate dentofacial proportions, characterize the teeth and bone relationships, classify facial types and estimate changes that could occur due to future growth.

Cephalometric X-ray

Study Models

Impressions and a wax bite registration are made so that upper and lower plaster study models can be made.  These study models record the patient’s initial “bite” and the position and inclination of all the teeth.


Photos are taken to show tooth position, facial features and the way teeth fit together at the beginning of treatment.

Orthodontic Photos

Once your orthodontic diagnostic records have been completed, Dr. Parker will discuss with you the orthodontic problems, the different treatment alternatives, and the length and cost of your treatment.

Beginning Treatment

Finally, treatment begins!  In most cases, it takes Dr. Parker one or two appointments to place orthodontic appliances on the teeth.  After appliances have been placed, you will return between four to 10 week intervals for examinations and adjustments.  During treatment, progress records are often needed to evaluate the changes occurring and patient growth.  Final records, which are a duplication of the initial records, are made for all patients at the end of their treatment.  These are compared to the initial records and are used to study the results of treatment.