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 insight into your orthodontic needs. We know your time is valuable, so to give you a clear understanding of your specific orthodontic needs and treatment, prior to the exam we will take diagnostic records. The records include X-rays and photos.

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?  (Usually not the case in our practice)
    • Will a headgear be needed? (Headgear has become obsolete in our office)
    • How long will treatment take?
    • How much will it cost?
    • What are my payment options?
    • Are there other options or compromises that are possible?

We insist that our patients leave the office with a clear understanding of their specific orthodontic needs and treatment. We will also discuss what to expect during the course of treatment and explain the care and cleaning of the appliances and the teeth.

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.