We 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 may also reserve time following the exam for diagnostic records. The records include X-rays, photos, and impressions for study models, all necessary for developing the appropriate treatment plan. If this is indicated for you, and time is not available during your initial visit, an additional appointment will be scheduled.
During this initial examination, we will address the following questions covering 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 treatment be delayed until appropriate growth, tooth eruption or other factors have occurred?
What treatment procedures and appliances will be used to correct the problem?
How long will treatment take?
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 we can only address specific conditions after careful analysis of the diagnostic records; we believe in-depth planning leads to superior results and higher patient satisfaction.
Diagnostic records consist of:
Next, we will schedule a consultation visit to discuss treatment options, time frames, and financial arrangements. We insist that our patients leave the office with a clear understanding of their specific needs, what the treatment will consist of, and how long it will take. Also, we will answer any additional questions.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your first visit:
The appropriate health history (child or adult), financial responsibility and HIPAA forms completed. You may access these forms directly from our website (click on “forms”) or request that they be mailed to you.
Any panoramic X-ray taken within the past six months.
If you have orthodontic insurance, bring your insurance card. If you provide this information at the first visit, we will be able to give you an estimate of your costs.