First Visit

Your first visit with us is very special. We value the time we have with you, and we try hard to make the most of it. At this appointment Dr. Mo and his team will take diagnostic photographs of your face and teeth and any x-rays needed to properly plan your treatment. He will then complete a detailed orthodontic check up and sit down with you to go over all available options for your orthodontic treatment.

We really enjoy getting to know our patients and their families at the first visit. Our office is a place of joy and inspiration, and we love sharing the Quest Ortho experience. To reduce the time spent doing paperwork and increase face time with Dr. Mo, we encourage you to complete a short but necessary forms to the left, ahead of time.

We also really appreciate it if you could bring your dental insurance information with you if applicable, along with any x-rays or other dental records you might have. If you currently use any dental devices such as retainers or nightguards, be sure to bring those in with you as well.

What to expect

By the end of your first visit with us, you can expect to have a thorough understanding of your dental condition, know the right time to start treatment, and understand the available options and the pros and cons of each.

Building a great smile takes teamwork. Once braces are on, we will give you an in-depth tutorial on oral hygiene with braces and other helpful tips to make your treatment go as smoothly as possible. You will get a brand new oral hygiene kit with toothbrushes and floss designed just for braces.


Common Problems

General Soreness

When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm saltwater mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously. Placing Orabase on the affected area may help; this can be found in a pharmacy. If the tenderness is severe, take aspirin or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain.

The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this. We’ll show you how!

Loose Appliance

If your appliance is poking you, place wax on the offending part of your appliance.

Loose Bracket

If your bracket or band is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it. If the wire comes out entirely, wrap the bracket with a tissue.

Loose Wire

Using a tweezer, try to put your wire back into place. If doing this and using wax doesn’t help, as a last resort use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If your discomfort continues, place wax on it.

Poking Wire

Using a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down or place wax on it to alleviate the discomfort.


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Orthodontic Emergencies

As with any device, there is always the possibility of a problem. Under COMMON PROBLEMS tab is a listing of situations that may arise and some direction on how to deal with them. Occasionally, a patient may require care outside of his or her regularly scheduled appointments. Use the guidelines below to determine when an additional appointment at our office is required.

Should the problem occur after office hours or on a weekend, please follow the directions on the office answering machine in order to contact a staff member. According to the situation, every effort will be made to remedy the problem as soon as possible.

An emergency appointment may be scheduled to make you more comfortable. We may have to book a longer appointment to completely fix the problem. Our staff will explain the procedure to you according to the specific situation.

Health tips

For brushing and flossing

The best way to ensure a clean and healthy smile is brushing and flossing. Food particles can accumulate on teeth and in braces, and over time, turn into plaque. The bacteria that results from this accumulation can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and even loss of teeth. To avoid these problems while you are in orthodontic treatment, take special care of your braces, teeth and gums to ensure you will have the best possible result.

Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small strip of fluoride toothpaste. When you brush your teeth, move the brush in small, circular motions to reach food particles that may be under your gum line. For areas between the teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach, use dental floss to remove food particles and plaque. Flossing takes more time and patience when you are wearing braces, but it is important to floss your teeth every day.