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Your first visit to our orthodontic office is a chance for you to become acquainted with us, meet our doctors, and for you to learn about the treatments and services we offer. You should plan to spend at least an hour with us the first time. That’s to ensure that no one has to rush, and that you have plenty of time to ask any questions you may have. You will meet one of our treatment coordinators, who will lead you on a tour of the office. Then it’s time for some diagnostic work and an exam.
Let’s Make A Plan
A big part of our job today 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 procedure starts by taking a set of photographs of the teeth in their present state, the profile and the smile. Next, we’ll take a series of digital x-ray images. These 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.
After that, it’s time for the exam. You’ll meet our doctor, who will look at the x-rays and photos, and perform a quick, yet careful and thorough first examination. Besides looking in your mouth, he will ask you some questions. All information together, this information will allow us to make a proper diagnosis, at the first visit! Most of the time, no other visit is necessary prior to treatment beginning!
Discussing Your Treatment Options
Following the exam, the doctor may tell you that things are just fine — or, he may recommend treatment immediately, or at a later time, depending on the developmental stage of the teeth and jaws. Periodic growth & guidance check ups mean you are now a member of our Kid’s Club!
If treatment is recommended now, we definitely can start today. Since the doctor has given a specific treatment plan and diagnosis for you or your child, 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, including:
- Can orthodontic treatment benefit me (or my child)?
- What general procedures will be used to correct the problem?
- 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?
But don’t worry! If you forget a question, or need to review something, do not hesitate to call us after your exam. Our Treatment Coordinators are always here to assist you. When you leave our office, we think you’ll have a better understanding of how we can help you obtain the best possible smile. So why not take the first step now — call us for a consultation!
Are you already scheduled for your first visit with our office? Click the relevant links for your new patient paperwork. Please fill it out and bring with you to your first appointment!