Your First Orthodontist Visit


Our objective is to make sure your visits with us will be pleasant and informative. Your initial appointment will consist of an examination and a discussion of potential treatment options. This important visit will address the orthodontic needs of you or your child. 

 There is no fee for this consultation. 



Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your first visit:

  • Any necessary x-rays – we will take a panoramic x-ray at your first visit
  • A list of medications you are presently taking (i.e. heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, etc.)
  • Any medical conditions that may be of concern (i.e. diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.) or allergies such as to latex or nickel
  • If you have dental insurance, please provide this information so that we can process any applicable claims.

You can fill out your medical history on our website.  Just click on the Patient Registration tab.

Diagnostic Records & Treatment Planning

At the first orthodontic visit, we will take a diagnostic x-ray called a panorex.  We will also take a series of diagnostic photographs to help Dr. Tichler and Dr. Abraham formulate a treatment plan for you or your child.  We will review the x-ray and photographs with you at this first visit and answer any questions you may have about orthodontic treatment.

Successive Visits

Periodic visits are an important part of orthodontic treatment. Generally, we will want to see you every 4 to 6 weeks to check your progress and make adjustments to your braces. During this time, you will need to keep appointments, follow instructions, eat nutritiously and practice good oral hygiene. Also, continue to visit your dentist regularly.

Once your braces are removed, retainers are utilized to hold your teeth in their new positions until your bone, gums and muscles adapt to the new teeth positions. The retention period is an important part of your overall treatment and should not be neglected!

Length of Treatment

Braces may be on between 6 months to 30 months or longer depending on the age of the patient, the severity of the problem, the patient’s cooperation and the degree of movement possible.

Dental Care

Before any orthodontic treatment, your family dentist should make certain that all cavities have been treated and the health of your gums and underlying bone are free of periodontal disease.

Please contact our office at West Islip Office Phone Number 631-661-6202 if you have any questions. The timing of your treatment is very important. You or your child may or may not be ready for treatment. Therefore, a consultation will allow us to better understand your needs.  There is no fee for our consultation.