What to Expect

Your First Visit

At your complimentary consultation, we will collect information from your medical and dental history. Dr. Morgan will perform a thorough exam and describe your treatment options. Then our Treatment Coordinator will discuss the fees, length of treatment, and payment options. Questions are always welcome, as you are the most important part of our team!

Length of Treatment

Orthodontic treatment typically takes 1 to 2 years. However, early treatment (usually between the ages of 7 and 10) may only take a few months. The actual treatment time ultimately depends on the severity of the problem, growth of the mouth and face, and patient cooperation. Caring for the appliances as instructed is key to finishing on time. Just as different people grow at different rates, some patients may respond to orthodontic treatment faster or slower than others.

Frequency of Appointments

At the start of treatment, a longer appointment will be scheduled in the morning to allow for more time and attention to put on your braces. The following wire adjustment appointments take place every 6 to 8 weeks, last about 30 minutes, and can usually be scheduled any time during the day. Check with out schedulers—our limo may be coming to your school!

Diagnostic Records

For diagnostic purposes, our staff will take a panoramic X-ray, lateral cephalometric X-ray, and digital photographs as well as create a digital model of your teeth. All will help Dr. Morgan to finalize your personalized treatment plan.

General Soreness

After treatment begins, your teeth and gums may be sore for a few days as you become accustomed to the braces. Over-the-counter medication (Advil, Motrin, etc) can help with discomfort during this time. For lip and cheek irritation, we will provide you with soft wax to temporarily cover the brackets to make them smooth.

Care of Appliances

Treatment time depends on the appliances working properly. Therefore, it is important to wear any elastics as instructed and be careful not to damage the braces. Poor patient compliance and excessive breakage of braces will lengthen treatment time unnecessarily.

Eating with Braces

After getting your braces, you will probably need to eat soft foods for the first few days until your mouth gets used to your appliances. You will also need to avoid the following foods to prevent breakage of the braces, which can lengthen treatment time:

  • Crunchy foods: popcorn kernels, ice, hard nuts, hard candy, hard bread
  • Sticky foods: gum, taffy, and other sticky candy
  • Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, raw carrots
  • Chewing on hard things: pens, pencils, or fingernails

Brushing

Great oral hygiene is extremely important, and we will show you how to brush with your braces. You should brush after every meal and keep regular dental hygiene appointments. Adults with periodontal disease may need more frequent cleanings. Your toothbrush and floss are tools to prevent gum disease, cavities, staining, and bad breath. We also recommend a Waterpik for patients who have difficulty keeping their braces and teeth clean.

Athletic Mouthguards

During orthodontic treatment, Dr. Morgan recommends that all patients wear mouthguards to protect your teeth and jaw, particularly during active sports. Once your treatment is complete, we recommend using custom mouthguards. We make mouthguards just like professional athletes use.

Loose Wire or Band

To alleviate irritation, cover the wire with soft wax or use a blunt instrument (pencil eraser) to push the wire away from your cheek or lips. If that doesn’t work, schedule an appointment and bring the broken piece with you.

Emergency Care

We care about you and your health. So you will have Dr. Morgan’s personal cell phone number just in case of an emergency.

Retainer Instructions

After you finish your braces treatment, you will need to wear retainers to stabilize the position of your teeth and preserve your beautiful new smile. Most people only have to wear they retainers at night. If retainers are not worn properly, your teeth can shift and become crooked again. Replacing retainers is expensive, but if you’re careful, they’ll last for multiple years.

  • Speaking may be difficult at first, but you’ll get used to it in no time.
  • Remove retainers when eating, playing sports or swimming. (Keep them in the retainer case, don’t put them in napkins!)
  • Clean with toothbrush/toothpaste or retainer cleaner.
  • Retainers are breakable, so be careful! Call ASAP if lost or broken to prevent teeth from shifting.
  • Don’t let pets chew them!
  • If loose, let us adjust it, don’t attempt to do it yourself.
  • Bring retainers for all follow-up visits.

What to Expect

Your First Visit

At your complimentary consultation, we will collect information from your medical and dental history. Dr. Morgan will perform a thorough exam and describe your treatment options. Then our Treatment Coordinator will discuss the fees, length of treatment, and payment options. Questions are always welcome, as you are the most important part of our team!

Length of Treatment

Orthodontic treatment typically takes 1 to 2 years. However, early treatment (usually between the ages of 7 and 10) may only take a few months. The actual treatment time ultimately depends on the severity of the problem, growth of the mouth and face, and patient cooperation. Caring for the appliances as instructed is key to finishing on time. Just as different people grow at different rates, some patients may respond to orthodontic treatment faster or slower than others.

Frequency of Appointments

At the start of treatment, a longer appointment will be scheduled in the morning to allow for more time and attention to put on your braces. The following wire adjustment appointments take place every 6 to 8 weeks, last about 30 minutes, and can usually be scheduled any time during the day. Check with out schedulers—our limo may be coming to your school!

Diagnostic Records

For diagnostic purposes, our staff will take a panoramic X-ray, lateral cephalometric X-ray, and digital photographs as well as create a digital model of your teeth. All will help Dr. Morgan to finalize your personalized treatment plan.

General Soreness

After treatment begins, your teeth and gums may be sore for a few days as you become accustomed to the braces. Over-the-counter medication (Advil, Motrin, etc) can help with discomfort during this time. For lip and cheek irritation, we will provide you with soft wax to temporarily cover the brackets to make them smooth.

Care of Appliances

Treatment time depends on the appliances working properly. Therefore, it is important to wear any elastics as instructed and be careful not to damage the braces. Poor patient compliance and excessive breakage of braces will lengthen treatment time unnecessarily.

Eating with Braces

After getting your braces, you will probably need to eat soft foods for the first few days until your mouth gets used to your appliances. You will also need to avoid the following foods to prevent breakage of the braces, which can lengthen treatment time:

  • Crunchy foods: popcorn kernels, ice, hard nuts, hard candy, hard bread
  • Sticky foods: gum, taffy, and other sticky candy
  • Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, raw carrots
  • Chewing on hard things: pens, pencils, or fingernails

Brushing

Great oral hygiene is extremely important, and we will show you how to brush with your braces. You should brush after every meal and keep regular dental hygiene appointments. Adults with periodontal disease may need more frequent cleanings. Your toothbrush and floss are tools to prevent gum disease, cavities, staining, and bad breath. We also recommend a Waterpik for patients who have difficulty keeping their braces and teeth clean.

Athletic Mouthguards

During orthodontic treatment, Dr. Morgan recommends that all patients wear mouthguards to protect your teeth and jaw, particularly during active sports. Once your treatment is complete, we recommend using custom mouthguards. We make mouthguards just like professional athletes use.

Loose Wire or Band

To alleviate irritation, cover the wire with soft wax or use a blunt instrument (pencil eraser) to push the wire away from your cheek or lips. If that doesn’t work, schedule an appointment and bring the broken piece with you.

Emergency Care

We care about you and your health. So you will have Dr. Morgan’s personal cell phone number just in case of an emergency.

Retainer Instructions

After you finish your braces treatment, you will need to wear retainers to stabilize the position of your teeth and preserve your beautiful new smile. Most people only have to wear they retainers at night. If retainers are not worn properly, your teeth can shift and become crooked again. Replacing retainers is expensive, but if you’re careful, they’ll last for multiple years.

  • Speaking may be difficult at first, but you’ll get used to it in no time.
  • Remove retainers when eating, playing sports or swimming. (Keep them in the retainer case, don’t put them in napkins!)
  • Clean with toothbrush/toothpaste or retainer cleaner.
  • Retainers are breakable, so be careful! Call ASAP if lost or broken to prevent teeth from shifting.
  • Don’t let pets chew them!
  • If loose, let us adjust it, don’t attempt to do it yourself.
  • Bring retainers for all follow-up visits.

Hours

Monday – 8am-5:30pm
Tuesday – 9am-6pm
Wednesday – 7:30am-5pm
Thursday – 8am-5pm
Friday – 8am-5pm (By Appointment Only)
Saturday – 8am-12pm (By Appointment Only)

Address

19420 Golf Vista Plaza, Ste 120
Lansdowne, VA 20176

Contact

Phone: 571.206.3825
Fax: 703.723.5592
info@morganorthodontics.com