Braces & Invisalign With Your Gainesville Orthodontist
You're ready to get the beautiful smile you've always dreamed of, so now what?
First Step: Complimentary Consultation
All smiles start with a complimentary orthodontic consultation. At your first appointment, you will meet Dr. Mullally and the rest of our stellar team, tour our office, and see what makes our practice so much fun. You will receive a complete initial exam (which is NOTHING to be nervous about — just a look at your teeth), and we’ll take photos and x-rays of your teeth. We won’t rush this appointment — Dr. Mullally will make sure to answer any questions you may have. If it’s your first time visiting an orthodontist, you can check out our glossary of orthodontic terms for more information.
From the exam and x-ray, Dr. Mullally will be able to determine whether orthodontic treatment is needed. Because no two smiles are alike, Dr. Mullally carefully reviews your records, paying close attention to your concerns and desires, and creates a customized treatment plan just for you. Dr. Mullally will then explain your treatment recommendations in detail so that you can feel entirely comfortable with the program. We will also discuss all financial information, insurance options, and payment plans so that there are no surprises — except, of course, how amazing you will look at the end!
Next Step: Starting Records
If we recommend treatment and you are ready to move forward, we will take a set of starting records. For your convenience, we always allow time in the schedule if you want to get these done on the same day. Depending on the orthodontic treatment or if you’re opting for braces or Invisalign®, the method for obtaining these records may be a little different.
We will take quick impressions of your teeth to prepare your braces for indirect bonding. Our patients LOVE this procedure because the braces go on so much quicker, meaning that you’ll be more comfortable and spend less time in the dental chair. Oh ... and we have flavors for our impressions so you can be dreaming of root beer floats or mint chocolate chip ice cream! You’ll also be able to look at the different types of braces that are available.
We will get a 3D digital scan of your teeth using the Itero Element — the latest technology in digital scanning. Unlike traditional x-rays, patients don’t have to sit still for iTero® scanning. The whole procedure is simple and easy, and we can get an accurate picture of your entire mouth in just a few minutes! What’s better, Invisalign® patients who start treatment with iTero® scans have seven times fewer fit-related issues than those who opted for traditional impressions.
The Big Day
Getting Your Braces or Invisalign Trays
This appointment generally takes about an hour, and during this time, our team will make sure that you are as comfortable as possible. We’ll go over any lingering questions you may still have as well as provide you with information for taking care of your teeth while you’re undergoing treatment. But don’t worry, if you forget any information, we’re just a phone call away!
Everyone's first question is: "Will it hurt?" — absolutely not! Orthodontic braces have a worse reputation than they deserve — especially at school. Placing your appliance does not hurt at all. In fact, most patients say they did all that worrying for nothing!
You may experience some discomfort or soreness for a while after your appointment as your mouth adjusts to the changes. However, you’ll get used to your ortho appliance in no time! It’s a lot like wearing a new pair of shoes. They feel a little funny at first, but before you know it, they have become your favorite pair, and you hardly notice them.
Visiting the orthodontist about every 4-8 weeks for braces and every 8-12 weeks for Invisalign® is an essential part of your orthodontic treatment. Our practice will work with you to make sure that your appointments are as convenient as possible. When scheduling appointments, please let us know what days and times work best for you.
We understand that “life happens!” If you're running late or need to reschedule, please let us know, and we will do everything we can to accommodate you. Don't forget you can earn lots of points in our Reward Program by keeping your appointments and arriving on time.
For those who want to finish with braces ASAP, study after study reveals that the two most important factors to finishing ortho treatment on time, or ahead of schedule, are regular appointments and excellent oral hygiene. So, be here and brush well!
Your Dentist, Your Friend
During your orthodontic treatment, you must continue to visit your family dentist every three to six months for teeth cleanings and routine dental checkups. If extra dental care is needed, we will be happy to coordinate with your dentist to ensure that you receive the best care possible. Together with your dentist, we will actively encourage good oral hygiene to make sure teeth stay healthy during orthodontic treatment so that you can achieve a gorgeous smile!