First Visit

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. 

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.

  • 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?
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  • Do any permanent teeth need to be removed?
  • How long will treatment take?
  • How much will it cost?
  • What are my payment options?

Let's Make a Plan

A big part of our job is to determine what treatment is necessary to correct any problems we may find — and whether we should begin now or wait until a later time.  Our treatment planning starts by taking orthodontic records.  We will probably take a series of radiographic (X-ray) images and a series of photographs of the teeth in their present state. These will enable us to see what's going on underneath the gums: the position and growth of bones and joints and the teeth that are still below the gum line.

In most cases, we may also take an impression (mold) of the teeth. This lets us make an exact replica of the bite which helps us understand exactly what the problem is and how best to treat it. If we need to do this, we will ask you (or your child) to bite down on some soft putty-like material for a few moments; then we'll remove it and make the mold in our lab.

We will then look at the records and images and then sit down with you for a comprehensive consultation. 

Discussing Your Treatment Options

Following the orthodontic records, we do a comprehensive consultation.  We may tell you that things are just fine, or, we may recommend treatment. Treatment might begin right away or at a later time depending on the developmental stage of the teeth and jaws. Many times, we will advise you to return for periodic checkups until we determine that it's the best time to start.  Now that we have a treatment plan, we will also explain what our fees will be and what payment options are available.

Whether you're starting now or later, this is the best time to ask questions about the process. We can talk about available treatment choices, answer general questions about what to expect at the different stages of the process, and discuss any of the following:

  • Can orthodontic treatment benefit me (or my child)?
  • What general procedures will be used to correct the problem?
  • Are any options available (or recommended) for my treatment?
  • Should I get treatment now, or is it better to wait?
  • Will tooth extraction be necessary?
  • How much does treatment cost? Are payment plans available?
  • How long do you expect treatment should take?

When you leave our office, we think you'll have a better understanding of how we can help you get the best possible smile. So why not take the first step now — call us for a consultation!

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