Steps to Getting Braces

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First Visit

During your first visit, Dr. Brigance will review your medical and dental history and conduct a thorough orthodontic examination.

She will assess the need for orthodontic treatment and when to begin. If you already have a recent panoramic xray, please bring it with you or have your dentist mail us a copy. If it is not the most optimal time to start treatment for your child, he/she will be placed on a recall program for no fee regular check-ups.

If treatment is indicated, the next step is the making of diagnostic records, either the same day, or if you prefer, scheduled for a later date.

An estimate of fees will be given to you along with a thorough explanation of your insurance benefits and payment plans.

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Diagnostic Records

The Diagnostic Records generally includes digital photographs and panoramic and cephalometric x rays, and plaster study models of the teeth. These records are essential to accurately diagnose orthodontic problems and formulate the most appropriate treatment plan for each patient.  The Diagnostic Records are also helpful in charting the progress of treatment.


After Dr. Brigance studies your records, we will discuss all aspects of your treatment and the financial plan is arranged. All interested parties are encouraged to attend the consultation.


Some of our orthodontic patients require rubber separators between their back teeth for about one week prior to the placement of braces. The separators are removed when the braces or other appliance is placed.

Braces On

Getting your braces or other orthodontic appliance takes about one to two hours.  Dr. Brigance and her staff will explain every step of the way and will be as gentle as possible. Generally, it doesn’t “hurt” to get braces and there aren’t any needles or shots used ever in this office. After the braces are placed you will be given a home care kit and detailed instructions on brushing, flossing, use of topical flouride, and care of the braces.


Your follow up visits will be at 4 to 8 week intervals and will usually take 20 to 45 minutes. Most of our patients are seen for adjustments once every six weeks.


Types of Treatment

family orthodontist melbourne flFor Children

The American Association of Orthodontists recommend that a child’s initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.

Early orthodontic treatment can create room for crowded, erupting teeth, create facial symmetry by influencing jaw growth, correct harmful habits, lower the risk of to protruded front teeth, improve appearance and self-esteem, improve chewing and speech, and improve the way the lips meet.

For Teens

Because teenagers are still growing, the teen years are often the optimal time to correct orthodontic problems and achieve excellent results. Treatment is important because crooked or crowded teeth are hard to clean, which may contribute to tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. A bad bite can also cause abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, difficulty in chewing and/or speaking, excess stress on supporting bone and gum tissue, and possible joint problems. Without treatment, problems may become worse. Orthodontic treatment to correct a problem may prove less costly that the additional dental care required to fix the problem that can develop later in life.

There’s also the emotional side of an unattractive smile. When you are not confident in the way you look, your self-esteem suffers. Teenagers whose malocclusions are left untreated may go through life feeling self-conscious hiding their smile with tight lips or a protective hand.

For Adults

It’s never too late to have orthodontic treatment! Healthy teeth can be moved at any age and many orthodontic problems can be corrected as easily for adults as for children. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to gum and bone loss, and abnormal wear of the tooth enamel. Orthodontic treatment can restore good function and improve the long-term health of your teeth and gums. And teeth that work better usually look better too. A healthy beautiful smile can dramatically improve self-esteem, no matter what age you are.

For some adults, orthodontic treatment is needed prior to tooth restorations such as crowns, bridges and implants. Dr. Brigance will work with you and your dentist to restore your smile to optimum health.

Orthognathic Surgery

Corrective Jaw Surgery (Orthognathic Surgery)

Orthognathic surgery is surgery to correct conditions of the jaw and face related to structure, growth, sleep apnea , TMJ disorders or to correct orthodontic problems that cannot be easily treated with braces.

Dr. Brigance will work with your oral and maxillofacial surgeon to determine the optimum timing of the braces and the surgery.

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is surgery to correct a wide spectrum of diseases, injuries and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws and the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region. It is a recognized international surgical specialty.

Orthognathic surgery may be unecessary if orthodontic treatment is started early while a child is still growing.

Getting Braces

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We are always excited about meeting new patients during their first visit to our office. We recognize that every patient has different needs, and we pride ourselves in the courteous and friendly service we deliver to each person who walks through our doors.

Whether you are an adult, adolescent or child, Dr. Brigance and her staff are committed to helping you achieve the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve.

Our desire is to support you in making your orthodontic treatment a pleasurable experience. Feel free to ask us any questions you may have so we may address your concerns. We want you to be comfortable and make and informed choice about getting braces for yourself or your child.

If you are considering getting braces for yourself or your child but have questions, we encourage you to call us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brigance.