We look forward to meeting you at our office! Your initial visit will consist of a thorough examination and a discussion of an array of treatment options. Photographs and/or X-rays may be taken during this appointment to facilitate the most accurate diagnosis. Based on your specific orthodontic needs, we will design a customized treatment plan.
At the initial examination, we will cover the basics of orthodontic treatment by addressing the questions below. We also encourage you to ask questions.
- 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. More specific concerns will be addressed after careful analysis of the diagnostic records, which will be taken at the second visit. It is important to analyze each patient’s specific needs because superior results and higher patient satisfaction are the direct results of in-depth planning.
Through these steps, we ensure 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.
Please assist us by providing the following items at the time of your first visit:
- Any panoramic X-ray taken within the past six months.
- Your insurance card (if you have orthodontic coverage).
If you are able to provide these items during the first visit, we will be able to give you an estimate of your costs.
The first visit does not incur a charge, it is a free consultation.
The Records Appointment is the visit where your diagnostic records are completed. It typically includes a clinical examination: a digital scan of your teeth to fabricate digital study models, photos of the patient’s face and teeth, and X-rays. This information is then used to develop a custom treatment plan for specific to your needs. These records will also helpful in tracking the progress of treatment as the teeth move under orthodontic care.
After you begin your treatment with appliances (braces, expanders, etc.), we will schedule visits at regular intervals 8 to 12 weeks apart for adjustments, which take 20 to 40 minutes. Our offices are open Monday through Friday and select Saturdays. Patients are seen by appointment only; except in the case of an emergency.
We are unable to 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 typically difficult to reschedule since most appointments are scheduled four to eight weeks in advance.