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

If you have orthodontic insurance, please bring your insurance card or information. By providing this information at the first visit, we will be able to give you a better estimate of your costs. We can often answer most general questions during the initial examination and come to a conclusion about the need for orthodontic treatment. If treatment is indicated, we can schedule appointments to begin that treatment. We may determine that it would be best to wait and reevaluate for treatment needs at a later date.

We feel it is important to analyze each patient's specific needs. Planning leads to superior results and higher patient satisfaction. In cases where we are not able to determine the appropriate course of treatment at the initial appointment, we will need to gather initial orthodontic records. The records include a panoramic X-ray, lateral cephalometric X-ray, photos and impressions for study models. We may also ask that your general dentist supplement the records with X-rays that their office can provide. We can then schedule a consultation visit. Careful analysis of the diagnostic records will enable us to discuss treatment options more specifically. We insist that our patients have a clear understanding of their specific needs, what the treatment will consist of, and how long it will take.