We are always excited about meeting new patients during their first visit to our office. We want every aspect of your experience with us to be as pleasant and comfortable as possible. We understand how busy you and your family are, and that’s why we utilize easy and fast computerized check-in as well as appointment reminder calls and recall cards to inform you of upcoming appointments. Our reception area offers an extensive selection of magazines, a play area for our younger patients and wireless internet access for our patients to enjoy. To show our appreciation for your support, we have unique and fun contests for our patients and their parents throughout the year.
Your initial appointment will consist of a thorough examination and a discussion of potential treatment options. We will also give you an estimate of treatment fees and payment options. This important 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 for diagnostic records. The clinical exam is only one piece of the information we need to develop a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan. The next step is to have diagnostic records taken.
The diagnostic records consist of:
- Impressions: Impressions (molds of the teeth) are needed to obtain accurate models of the teeth and the bite so that measurements can be made of the teeth and their exact relationships to each other.
- A head x-ray is necessary to determine the underlying skeletal relationship of the upper and lower jaws and the relationship of the teeth to the jawbones and the face (this x-ray is not taken by general dentists).
- A Panoramic x-ray is necessary to determine the presence of the proper number of teeth, the position of the teeth, and the health of the roots and bones.
- Periapical x-rays or bitewing x-rays are sometimes necessary to determine if cavities are present.
- Photographs: Photographs are necessary for the study of facial proportions, balance and contour.
This diagnostic information allows for a careful review of the orthodontic problem and development of an individualized treatment plan that addresses your specific orthodontic needs.
We will also 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?
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.
After reviewing the diagnostic records, we will confirm treatment options, time frames, 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:
- Any panoramic X-ray taken within the past six 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.