Pittsburgh Orthodontist

Initial Examination

The first step is our get acquainted visit, which includes a clinical examination to determine if the patient is a candidate for orthodontic treatment, review of medical history and other personal information.

If the patient is not dentally or physically mature, but will someday be a candidate for treatment, they are placed in our recall program. The patient is asked to return to our office for periodic examinations, usually every six months,so that treatment can begin at the most opportune time.


Diagnostic Records Visit

Once Dr. Wintner determines that orthodontic treatment is necessary, the next step is to gather diagnostic records. This includes impressions (molds) of the teeth. This is a simple process using a "pudding-like" material placed into "trays" that fit around the upper and lower teeth. From this process, casts are made of the teeth in our in-house laboratory for study purposes.

Various diagnostic radiographs are also taken. These x-rays films not only show the details of the teeth, but also how the jaws relate to each other.


Consultation Visit

In a private consultation office, Dr. Wintner and his staff explain to the patient (or parents) what type of orthodontic treatment is recommended. At that time, the casts of the teeth and other records are shown to the patient and the parents so that they can better understand the suggested treatment. Also, at this point, the different types of braces are demonstrated and our many convenient payment plans are offered. We also answer any questions about the details of your particular insurance plan. Dr. Wintner accepts most insurance plans. Here are a few: Met Life, United Concordia plans, Delta Dental, UPMC Dental Advantage, Guardian, Aetna, Blue Shield, Cigna dental plans and many others.


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