First Visit

3.jpgWe are always excited about meeting new patients during their first visit to our office. Your initial appointment will consist of a thorough examination and a discussion of potential treatment options. This important 30-minute visit will give us insight into your orthodontic needs. We know your time is valuable, so to expedite treatment, we reserve time at this exam for diagnostic records. The records include digital X-rays, digital photos and impressions for study models. These records are necessary for developing the appropriate treatment plan. We then use these records and our advanced treatment planning software (IACT) to show you how we will be able to align your teeth, correct your bite and provide you with a beautiful smile.

During the initial examination for each patient, we will address the following questions that cover the basics of orthodontic treatment. We encourage you to ask questions as well.

  • How can we correct your main concerns with your smile?
  • Is there a condition that orthodontics can address?
  • Is treatment needed now or should treatment be delayed until appropriate growth, tooth eruption or other factors have occurred?
  • What treatment procedures will be used to correct the problem?
  • Do any permanent teeth need to be removed?
  • How long will treatment take?
  • Why is proper treatment important?
  • What will happen long term if the problems are not corrected?
  • How much will it cost?
  • What are my payment options?

While we can often answer these general questions about treatment during the initial examination, we will address specific areas after careful analysis of the diagnostic records. 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 insist that our patients leave the office with a clear understanding of their specific needs, what the treatment will consist of, how long it will take and how they will benefit from the proper treatment. Also, we will answer any additional questions.

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

  • What YOUR main concern is with your teeth, bite and smile
  • Any panoramic X-ray taken within the past six months.
  • If you have orthodontic insurance, bring your insurance card. By providing this information at the first visit, we will be able to give you an estimate of your costs.