What to Expect at Your First Visit

We are always excited about meeting new patients! Your initial appointment will consist of a thorough examination and a discussion of potential treatment options. This important 60-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 to take diagnostic records. The records include X-rays, photos, and impressions for study models which are necessary for developing an appropriate treatment plan. This will last approximately one hour.

During your initial examination, we will address the following questions. 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 will be used to correct the problem?
  • Do any permanent teeth need to be removed?
  • 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 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 will then schedule an appointment 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.

Please assist us by bringing the following items to your first visit:

  • Any panoramic X-ray taken within the past six months.
  • Your insurance card, if you have orthodontic insurance. By providing this information at the first visit, we will be able to give you an estimate of your costs.