Your First Orthodontic Appointment

Your first orthodontic appointment.Your first visit to our orthodontic office is an exciting time! It's a chance for us to get acquainted and for you to learn about the treatments and services we offer. When you walk in the door, you may notice that our office looks similar to your regular dentist's office; what we do here, however, is a bit different and it all starts with an easy initial consultation.

You should plan to spend at least one hour with us at the first visit to ensure no one is rushed while getting your questions answered. You will be greeted by one of our receptionists, who will get some information from you, then our patient coordinator will show you around the office before we begin the exam.

LET'S MAKE A PLAN

A big part of our job today is to determine if there is any necessary treatment and whether it is in the best interest of the patient to begin now, or wait until a later time. Besides looking in the mouth, we may also ask questions, such as whether the jaws make noise when opening or closing, if there are any problems chewing or swallowing, and what your greatest dental concerns may be. Taken all together, this information will allow us to make a proper diagnosis and finalize a treatment plan at the first visit.

Following the exam, we may tell you that things are just fine — or, we may recommend treatment to begin right away or at a later time, depending on the developmental stage of the teeth and jaws. Many times, we'll advise you to return for periodic checkups to monitor when it would the best time to begin treatment.

The next step begins by taking a set of regular photographs and a 3D scan of the teeth in their present state. Then, we'll probably take a series of radiographic images (x-rays), which enable us to see what's going on beneath the gums: the position and growth teeth, bones and joints.

DISCUSSING YOUR TREATMENT OPTIONS

Now that we have a treatment plan, we will also explain the involved fees and all the payment options that are available to meet your needs. Whether you're beginning treatment now or later, this is the best time to ask any questions you may have about the entire process. We are happy to discuss your available treatment choices and answer general questions about what to expect at the different stages, which may include:

  • 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 hope you have a better understanding of how we can help you get the best possible smile and orthodontics in general. Take the first step now — call us for a consultation!


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