Treatment Process

Your First Visit

Each individual's orthodontic problem is different and deserves personalized attention. Your first visit is an important opportunity for us to get to know you and what you want to accomplish with your orthodontic treatment. We believe that orthodontic problems involve more than just teeth, so we look at the entire facial structure when treating our patients. Quality care and individualized attention are the standards of our practice. We pride ourselves in taking the time necessary to explain our procedures each step of the way and answer any questions you might have. The more you know about your care, the better the results.

During your first visit, Dr. Hallgren will discuss your desires and perform a comprehensive orthodontic examination to determine the status of your orthodontic health and then report his findings to you. At that time, a treatment plan will be recommended if it is felt that treatment will be beneficial. Dr. Hallgren will answer all questions that you may have about any identified problems and the proposed treatment plan. He will address treatment timing, the types of orthodontic appliances to be used, treatment alternatives and fees. We believe our patients must be fully educated about their situation and our proposed treatment. It is only then that they can be capable of making an informed decision about how they wish to proceed. In some cases, treatment may not be suggested right away for reasons of inadequate tooth development, growth or the need for other dental work prior to starting.

We ask that you bring your insurance card to your first visit. To save time, you can complete a PDF of our Orthodontic Acquaintance Form online or download and complete a copy and bring it with you to your first visit.

Diagnostic Records

If treatment is suggested, a series of records must be gathered, as some problems may not be evident from your clinical examination alone. These include photographs, models of the teeth and radiographs (X-rays) of the teeth and jaws. It is only after complete analysis of these records that Dr. Hallgren will establish a final individualized treatment plan.