We are always excited to meet new patients at their first visit to our office. At your initial appointment, the doctor will complete a thorough intraoral and facial examination and discuss all of the possible treatment options with you. This important 45-minute visit will give us insight into your orthodontic needs. Initial records, including X-rays, photos and impressions for study models, will also be necessary for developing the appropriate treatment plan.
During the initial examination for each patient, we will address the following questions that cover the basics of orthodontic treatment:
- 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?
At this initial exam appointment, we encourage the patient and family members to ask questions. It would also be helpful if you were able to provide the following information at the time of your first visit:
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. 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 individual patient's specific needs, because in-depth planning leads to superior results and higher patient satisfaction.
We will then schedule a consultation visit to discuss treatment options, time frames and financial arrangements. Our goal is to provide you with all the information necessary for you to make an informed decision 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.