Patient Information

Your first visit is easy. Dr Thompson will listen to your concerns, and then evaluate your smile and dental alignment. If treatment is indicated, he will propose appliance options and explain the basics of your proposed treatment. The greater details of your orthodontic plan are determined from the plaster models,  photos, and X-rays taken at your second appointment for diagnostic records. You may forward any xrays you have from your dentist and/or their specific concerns prior to arriving at our office. You may also print our new patient forms from the links below. Thanks.

New Patient Form- Over 18

New Patient Form- Under 18

Types of Orthodontic Appliances

Retainers-Long used to move teeth small amounts. Small springs push on the crowns of teeth and is effective for expanding constricted smiles.

Braces- Flexible wires provide the force to move teeth and can control the root position most effectively.  A brace(bracket) is glued to the surface of a tooth and contains a slot (3 walled chamber)  in which the orthodontic wire can rest. The wire is then held into the chamber by a wire, O-ring, or sliding door.

Invisalign- From impressions of your teeth, a series of clear plastic trays are manufactured that move your teeth slight amounts per tray. Each tray is worn for one or two weeks depending on the stage of treatment.

Types of Retainers

Hawley Retainer- As the implies, this retainer was popularized by Dr C Hawley. Though not the inventor of the retainer (that credit belongs with Dr Norman Kingsley), Dr Hawley improved and modified the design of the appliance so well that his name is now synonymous witht the appliance.  It is the gold standard of retainers because of its durability and functionality. 

Positioner- A rubbery appliance that surrounds the upper and lower teeth when teeth are closed together. This appliance can also be used to move teeth that have relapsed slight amounts from their original aligned positions. Moving teeth with positioners usually requires a series of positioners to be worn, each one moving the teeth slightly until final positions are complete. The success of positioners provided the impetus for the development of Invisalign.

Clear Retainer- The most esthetic retainer and is essentially a formed piece of plastic that slips over the entire surface of the teeth. Because they are clear, these retainers are popular with teenagers but not popular with parents because of the increased cost from frequent replacement. These retainers are not durable and will be worn out after several months of wear. For some patients, this type of retainer can create or worsen TMJ discomfort because of the vertical difference in the patients bite when the retainer is in place. 

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