We look forward to meeting you on your first visit to our office. Your initial visit will consist of a thorough examination and a discussion of potential treatment options. This will give us insight into your orthodontic needs. If necessary for our initial diagnosis, photographs and/or X-rays may be taken during this appointment.
At the initial examination, we will address the following questions that cover the basics of orthodontic treatment. We encourage you to ask questions as well.
- Is there a condition that orthodontics can address?
- Is treatment needed now or should it be delayed until appropriate growth, tooth eruption, or other factors have occurred?
- What treatment procedures will be used to correct the problem?
- Do any teeth need to be removed?
- How long will treatment take?
- How much will treatment cost?
- What are my payment options?
We can usually answer these questions during the initial examination. We will address specific areas after careful analysis of the diagnostic records, which will be taken at the second visit. We feel it is important to analyze each patient’s specific needs, because in-depth planning leads to superior results and higher patient satisfaction.
We will try to make sure that our patients leave the office with a clear understanding of their specific needs, what treatment will consist of, how long it will take, and how much will it cost. Also, we will answer any additional questions.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your first visit:
- Any panoramic X-ray taken within the past six months
- Your insurance card, if you have orthodontic insurance.
If you can provide this information at the first visit, we will be able to give you an estimate of your costs.
There is no charge for this visit.
This is the appointment when the diagnostic records are completed. It typically includes a clinical examination: digital study models of the teeth, photos of the patient’s face and teeth, and X-rays. This information is used to develop a custom treatment plan for each patient. These records are also helpful in tracking the progress of treatment as the teeth move under orthodontic care.
These are appointments during which you get your appliances (braces, expanders, etc.), and they usually take from one to two hours. You will see us at regular intervals 8 to 12 weeks apart for an adjustment, which takes 20 to 40 minutes. Our offices are open Monday through Friday and select Saturdays. Patients are seen by appointment only unless an emergency arises.
We do not accept “walk-ins.” We make every effort to be on time for our patients, and ask that you extend the same courtesy to us. If you cannot keep an appointment, please notify us immediately. Cancel only if it is an emergency. It is difficult to reschedule, since most appointments are made four to eight weeks in advance.