An Information Hub For All New Patients
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 60-minute visit will give us insight into your orthodontic needs. We will take digital photographs and possibly a panoramic x-ray and spend as much time as necessary answering any questions that you may have. If treatment is indicated we will need to take a cephalometric x-ray and impressions for study models to complete the diagnostic records that are necessary for developing the treatment plan. This additional appointment will last approximately 30 minutes and may need to be scheduled for another visit.
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?
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?
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 at another consultation visit if needed. 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 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 questions regarding insurance or financial options.
Things We’ll Need
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your first visit:
Any panoramic X-ray taken within the past twelve 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.