Beginning Treatment


Dr. Lloyd B. Swiedom --Initial Exam/Evaluation

Below is a comprehensive list of questions that will take you from the initial phone call to getting your orthodontic appliances placed on your teeth!

 1. At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic exam?

 The American Association of Orthodontics recommends an orthodontic exam at age 7.  By this age, several permanent teeth in most children have erupted, allowing us to effectively evaluate your child's orthodontic condition.  Occasionlly, treatment is initiated at this time and is referred to as Phase I treatment.  Many times treatment will not be initiated at this young age, but the patient will be placed on a recall program to monitor growth of the teeth and jaws, which will help determine the correct time to initiate comprehensive orthodontic treatment.

2.  Will my child's teeth straighten out as they grow?

 No, they will not.  The space available for the front teeth does not increase as you grow.  In most people, after the permanent molars erupt, the space available for the front teeth decreases with age.

3.  Why should you choose a qualified orthodontic specialist?

 Teeth, and sometimes entire facial structures, are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment.  It is important that the treatment be appropriate and properly completed.  Orthodontic specialist have extensive and specialized training that enables them to provide their patients with professional, personalized treatments.  Dr. Swiedom has gone a step beyond and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.  For more information, visit

4.  How do I schedule an appointment for an initial exam?

 Simply call one of our offices 713/688-8583(both offices).  Our office staff will require some information from you, such as contact information, dentist information, insurances information,etc. in order to get your appointment scheduled.

 5. What will I learn from the initial examination?

  •  Is there an orthodontic problem, and if so, what is it?
  •  What must be done to correct the problem?
  •  How long will the treatment take to complete?
  •  How much will the treatment cost?     
  •  What payment options are offered ? (our office has low down payment options as well as        monthly payment plans)
  •   What portion will my insurance cover for the treatment cost?
  •   How do we get started?

 6. What is required to get started?

 A proper diagnosis and treatment plan requires careful evaluation of diagnostic records by Dr. Swiedom.  The records required by the American Association of Orthodontics include molds of the mouth, a panoramic xray of the jaws, a skull xray(for jaw relations and soft tissue analysis), and photos of the mouth and face.  These records may be done at the initial exam appointment or scheduled at a later date if preferred.