We are always excited about meeting new patients during their first visit to our office. Your initial appointment will consist of a thorough examination starting with digital photos and a discussion of potential treatment options. This important 30-minute visit will give us insight into your orthodontic needs. We know your time is valuable, so to expedite treatment, we may also reserve time following the exam or perhaps on a different day for diagnostic records. The orthodontic records appointment includes 2 x-rays (1 panoramic and 1 cephalometric, both taken digitally), and impressions for study models. These are all necessary for developing the appropriate treatment plan. This additional appointment will last approximately half an hour.
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?
- What are my payment options?
- How long will my treatment take?
- How much will it cost?
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 patient's specific needs, because in-depth planning leads to superior results and higher patient satisfaction.
We will then schedule a final consultation visit to discuss treatment options, treatment time, and financial arrangements. We insist that our patients 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.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your first visit: