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First Visit

Your initial consultation will include a clinical history, clinical examination and orthodontic records. Orthodontic records include facial pictures, x-rays, impressions and molds.  Dr. McGill will discuss with you his findings and the recommended treatment options.

Please bring a copy of your insurance card, a completed health questionnaire (Adult, Child), referral slip (if applicable), x-rays from your dentist (if applicable), and a list of your current medications with you to your visit.

If you have questions about your insurance coverage, our billing specialist will be happy to meet with you and discuss our payment options. No down payment low monthly payment options are available for those who qualify.

Feel free to contact us by phone at 704-375-7005, if you have any questions about your initial visit. Our “patients first” staff will be very happy to assist you.

Health Questionnaires

Having an accurate and complete health history can make all the difference in a patient's treatment plan.

To download a copy of our health questionnaires, please click on one of the links below.

Adult Questionnaire

 If you are over the age of 18 please print out this form, fill it out and bring it in with you on your first visit.

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Youth Questionnaire

If you or your child is under the age of 18 please print out this form, fill it out and bring it in with you on your first visit.

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Orthodontic FAQ

WHAT IS ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT?

Orthodontic treatment, commonly referred to as the “straightening of teeth”, is the moving of teeth that may be improperly placed teeth into the correct positions intended by nature.
There are many causes for misaligned teeth (malocclusion). Malocclusion may be due to the overcrowding of teeth, premature loss of a teeth, lip and tongue habits, birth developments and/or accidents.
Orthodontic treatment focuses on the straightening of teeth and is not a substitute for general dental care. Regular preventative dental care is very important during orthodontic treatment.

WHAT KIND OF BRACES DO I NEED?

Braces are custom-made orthodontic appliances. The type of braces you need will depend on the diagnosis, lifestyle and preferences of the patient being treated. Braces may be "removable" or "fixed" (temporarily cemented in place). They may be made of stainless steel, plastic or both.
All appliances will create gentle pressure and cause teeth to move into their proper positions. Under this pressure the body builds up new tissue to support the improved position of the teeth.
Please visit types of braces to learn more about the different appliances that are offered in Dr. McGill's office.


HOW CAN I TELL IF I NEED ORTHODONTICS?

Dr. McGill and his staff will be able to evaluate you and guide you in your decision to undergo orthodontic treatment.

You may need orthodontics if:

Your teeth are crowded; do not fit together when your mouth is closed, unevenly spaced or protruding.
You breathe through your mouth or if your lips do not come together normally
Your teeth do not fit together when your mouth is closed
Your lower teeth bite outside the upper teeth
Your front teeth do not chew if lips
You have too much space between teeth.

WHAT CAN ORTHODONTICS DO FOR YOU?

Orthodontic treatment helps you to put your best face forward by providing you with a healthy and beautiful smile.

While improving appearances is one aim of orthodontics treatment, the primary goal is to promote good oral health by correcting malaligned teeth. Crowded teeth tend to have more cavities because they are food traps and harder to keep clean. Spaces between teeth, overbite or underbite can cause poor digestion by not properly breaking down food.

Also, orthodontic treatment helps to promote proper chewing and good digestion. Orthodontic treatment leads to improved dental health and improved nutrition.  Orthodontic treatment can relieve strain on gums and bones when teeth are not in proper position. When not treated, such strain may lead to gum disease and tooth loss. 

WHAT IS THE BEST AGE FOR TREATMENT?

Orthodontic treatment can be started at any age. However, starting treatment early in childhood may provide the best results and often requires less time and expense.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation occur by age 7. The first adult molars erupt into the mouth at or around 7 years of age. The first molars establish the back bite. When the first molars erupt, the orthodontist is able to evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships.

WHAT ABOUT TAKING OUT TEETH?

Most people who get braces will not need to have any of their teeth removed. However, in some instances, tooth removal is prescribed. If tooth extraction or other treatment is needed,  Dr. McGill will work with your dentist and other specialists to determine the best treatment course for you.

Dental Hygiene

Orthodontic treatment is an important investment and we want to you to have the best results possible.  Good oral hygiene is important before, during and after orthodontic treatment.
Good oral hygiene includes taking care of your teeth and gums. Careful brushing after eating and flossing at least once a day to remove trapped food particles and plaque is the best way to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

TIPS FOR EVERYONE

Everyone, not just orthodontic patients, should pay special attention to cleaning their teeth. If teeth are not cleaned on a regular basis, permanent damage to the teeth may occur. Regular check-ups with a dental professional are recommended.
 
Most of us are well aware that sugary foods and drinks can have negative effects on health, but many of us don't pay attention to how they can lead to tooth decay. Starchy foods, such as potato chips, can stick to teeth for long periods of time causing tooth decay. Sodas can be especially hard on teeth because they may contain sugar (increasing the risk of developing cavities) and acidic flavor additives, which may weaken tooth enamel. Diet sodas are just as damaging as regular sodas at weakening tooth enamel.

Saliva protects you from tooth decay. Saliva washes away acids that form after eating and drinking. It is good to drink plenty of water. Remember, bottled water may not contain fluoride.

BRACES-FRIENDLY DIET & HABITS

Some foods may loosen, break or bend wires and bands when you are wearing braces. Avoid hard foods such as nuts and hard cookies. Foods such as apples and carrots should be chopped into small pieces before eating to reduce the stress on your braces. Also avoid sticky foods such as caramels, toffees, muesli or fruit bars. We recommend avoiding chewing gum during your orthodontic treatment.
Some habits may interfere with orthodontic treatment. Nail biting, tongue thrusting, pen or pencil chewing and nervous picking at orthodontic wires may break braces. If you do break your braces, be sure to make an appointment with us immediately.

BRUSHING AND FLOSSING

Our staff will review brushing and flossing with you at the time of your appointment. Please feel free to contact us at 704-375-7005 if you have any questions.

BEFORE YOU START:

Have a soft compact toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste, and waxed floss available and remove elastics.

BRUSHING:

  •    Place a soft brush at a 45 degree angle against the gums. Using a small circular motion, gently brush  along the gum line where the gums and the teeth meet.
  •    Gently brush the braces. Press your toothbrush firmly enough so that the bristles spread into the gaps between the wire and the tooth. Brush in and around all of the brackets and wires. Make sure you brush under the wires.
  •    Brush above and below each bracket. Spend at least 10 seconds on each tooth.
  •    Brush the tongue side surface of the teeth using a gentle circular motion on each tooth.
  •    When brushing the chewing surfaces, use a firm back and forth motion.
  •    Spit out the toothpaste.
  •    Closely examine your teeth and braces in the mirror to make sure they are clean and shiny.

FLOSSING:

  1. Consider using a flossing aid such as a floss threader or stiff end pre-cut floss. Some flossing aids made specifically for use with braces, such as pre thread orthodontic flossers, should be used with caution to make sure brackets are not knocked off.
  2. When using standard waxed floss, use about 18 inches of floss at each flossing.
  3. Place the pointed end of the floss or threader under the archwire between brackets and pull the floss through so that the floss is between the teeth and the archwire.
  4. Once the floss is inserted, gently move the floss with an up and own motion between your teeth. Make sure you floss on each side of your mouth. Do this at least two to three times for each tooth using a fresh section each time to ensure maximum effectiveness.
  5. Floss all teeth, including upper and lower teeth as well as front and rear ones.
  6. After flossing, rinse your mouth out with either water or fluoride mouthwash to remove particles left behind.
  7. Flossing should be done at least once a day, preferably before bedtime to achieve maximum effectiveness.

Contact Us

1404 Beatties Ford Rd
Suite 200
Charlotte, NC 28216
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Telephone: (704) 375-7005

Fax: (704) 375-7030

Please call to schedule an appointment.

 

Monday       8:30AM - 5:00PM
Tuesdays    8:30AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday 7:30AM - 4:00PM
Thursday     8:30AM - 5:00PM


Visits are by appointment only.