Office Policies

We try to accommodate your appointments that best suit your busy schedule but also try to stay on schedule to minimize waiting for your appointments. Delays to the schedule can occur for a variety of reasons and understanding and patience are very much appreciated.

Appointments

At our first appointment or what we refer to as an orthodontic consultation (initial exam) you will be provided with a general evaluation of your orthodontic needs and an estimated treatment plan and an estimated treatment fee.

The next appointment to follow would be orthodontic (diagnostic records). A thorough and accurate diagnosis is the key to success in orthodontics. An accurate diagnosis depends on the use of high quality, pretreatment records. These records include medical-dental. history, clinical examinations, study models of the teeth, special x-rays and a complete treatment plan. The fee for this is the range of $385.00 to $400.00. Arrangements for this can be made.

Finally, at the case presentation appointment you will be provided with a detailed description of your orthodontic problem. As well as option(s), treatment sequencing, appliance (braces, retainers etc.) The payment method will also be discussed. It is essential that all concerned parties attend this presentation. There is no fee for this appointment.

Successive Visits

Periodic visits are an important part of orthodontic treatment. Generally, we will be seeing you every 4 to 6 weeks to check your progress and make adjustments to your braces. During this time, you will need to keep all of your appointments, follow instructions, eat nutritiously and practice good oral hygiene. While you are receiving orthodontic treatment, it is imperative that you keep your regular scheduled appointment with your family dentist for checkups and cleanings.

Once your braces are removed, retainers are placed to hold your teeth in their positions until your bone, gums and muscles adapt to the new teeth positions. The retention appliances are a very important part of your overall treatment and should not be compromised.

TO SCHEDULE APPOINTMENTS

Please contact the office to personally schedule your appointment with one of Dr. Cohen's qualified staff members during the office hours in the Ajax location of:

Mon             Tues           Wed            Thurs           Fri
9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m.  Admin.
6:00 p.m. 5.00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m.  Only

or the Bathurst location:

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
9:30 a.m. 9:00 a.m. CLOSED 9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m.
3:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. ADMIN ONLY 3:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m.

Length of Treatment

The length of treatment will be discussed on an individual basis and may be between 12 months to 30 months or longer depending on the patient, the severity of the orthodontic problem and the patient's cooperation and the degree of the movement of the teeth.

Dental Care

Before orthodontic treatment starts it is necessary to make sure that you maximum oral health and you are free of periodontal disease. Your family dentist will also be involved if Dr. Cohen advises you of the need for the removal of teeth to correct your bite. The need to keep regular dental appointments cannot be stressed enough as we are only an aid to your overall dental health not a replacement. Any questions or concerns that you may with respect to any appointments that you may require will be addressed at your appointments.

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