The First 2 Step to a Beautiful Smile

Considering brace for yourself or your child?

Here is step 1 to a beautiful new smile! The intial exam appointment.

At this appointment, we will perform a complete orthodontic examination. We will discuss any orthodontic problems that we see or that you are concerned about. We will discuss whether treatment is indicated at the present time or in the future and the most appropriate timing of treatment. This appointment usually takes about 30 minutes and we will make sure you have plenty of time to ask questions.

Orthodontic fees are based on the complexity of the problem to be corrected. At the initial examination we will give you an estimate for the indicated treatment but cannot finalize this fee until the diagnostic records have been taken and a treatment plan is determined.

Did Dr. Huyser recommend Diagnostic Records? This is step 2.

Diagnostic records are used by Dr. Huyser as a study aide, in order to provide you with the best orthodontic treatment plan possible for your situation. When a patient becomes a candidate for orthodontic treatment, Dr. Huyser considers many factors when putting together a treatment plan. Our diagnostic records include:

•Dental Impressions – Dental impressions, also known as alginate impressions, are used to obtain an accurate replica of a patient’s mouth. Models of the mouth are made by pouring plaster into the set impression material. These study models are used by Dr. Huyser to study the current position of the patient’s teeth, and predict the future relationship between the upper and lower teeth. Study models are also used as a permanent record by the dentist, kept on file as part of your patient records.


•Panoramic X-Ray – Also known as a panorex or pan, this x-ray is a two-dimensional and displays both the upper and lower jaws and teeth, in the same film. A panoramic x-ray is useful for adolescent patients in particular, because Dr. Huyser is able to see the developing teeth, and predict where they will erupt in the mouth. Patients that are experiencing a delay in the eruption of their teeth will require this x-ray at an earlier age in order to rule out missing or impacted teeth. Adult patients that are considering orthodontic treatment will typically have this x-ray taken for Dr. Huyser to see the current health and level of the jaw bone.

•Cephalometric X-Ray – The cephalometric x-ray, or ceph, is an x-ray that captures the side profile of the patient, from the top of their head to just below the tip of the chin. The ceph not only includes the teeth and bone, soft tissues are also distinguishable, which helps the Dr. Huyser predict how the bone structure will change during orthodontic treatment. Dr. Huyser will use tracing paper and trace the ceph using important landmarks on the x-ray.

•Intraoral and Extraoral Photos – Intraoral (inside the mouth) and extraoral (outside the mouth) photos are taken of the patients teeth and face. These photos are used to determine the current external classification of the patient’s profile, as well as a permanent record kept on file as a part of the patient’s dental records.

After Dr. Huyser has obtained the completed records, he will review and study all the records to determine the treatment options that will obtain the best results. Then Dr. Huyser will have a consultation with the patient/parents or guardians, to discuss the treatment options. At this consultation, the final treatment plan is agreed upon and the appropriate appointments are made to begin the orthodontic treatment.

Orthodontic records may be taken at different intervals during orthodontic treatment to monitor the patients progress, and when orthodontic treatment has been completed, to keep as part of the patient’s permanent dental records.

If you are ready to start this journey with Huyser Orthodontics, please call our Grand Rapids office at (616)957-0909 or our Holland office at (616)355-7930

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