Treatment requires retainers at the end ($300 each). There is a non-refundable deposit of $1,000 at commencement of treatment and payments are to be made each visit, with $500 being the smallest amount of payment at each visit. Visits are required each 'month', but may be anywhere from 3-5 weeks apart. The total must be paid off before removal of braces. There is no interest and GST is inclusive - no hidden costs. All treatment is included, except retainers, which are mandatory.
A consultation appointment is mandatory. Cost is $50 non-refundable.
Your first appointment is the consultation. At this appointment you will have already downloaded the New Patient Exam form and either submitted it online or have it ready to bring to your first appointment with Dr. Kathleen Sandberg.
She will go over anything important in your medical history or answer any questions you may have related to this.
This consultation appointment is quick and painless. Kathleen will take a look at both your teeth and your face and discuss what treatment options are available to you.
If Kathleen doesn’t feel it is within her scope of practice to continue to treat you, then she will be more than happy to send you to a specialist orthodontist for further discussions on how best to treat your specific specialist needs.
This appointment will take around 2 hours. Please be aware that you can not book this until you have had your consultation appointment with Dr. Kathleen Sandberg.
At this appointment, you will have “records” taken. You will need photos (intra-oral only), X-rays and impressions/moulds for study models. Your “worst” arch (top or bottom) will be fitted first. You may not get all of the brackets placed on all of the teeth of that arch, depending on the crowding and position of the teeth.
These appointments occur anywhere from 3-6 weeks. People normally think of these appointments as “getting their braces tightened”.
This is also where additional brackets are placed, as teeth come into alignment/archform.
Sometimes, a small amount of space is necessary to achieve a movement, (but not enough to warrant a tooth extraction), so a procedure called “inter proximal reduction” takes place. This is a reshaping of the contact point between the teeth and allows the teeth to align better.
When both the patient/parent and Dr. Kathleen Sandberg feel the treatment has come to an end, the braces are removed and retainers are given. Generally, the upper teeth will have a removable retainer that will require another quick appointment to fit it, while the bottom teeth may be fitted with a fixed retainer that same day, or you may choose a removable option. Photos will be taken of your new beautiful smile for the records and you will be free to show off to all of your friends.
Please Note: Retainers are very important and are required for all patients.