We recommend, according to the American Association of Orthodontists guidelines, that a child be seen by an orthodontist by the age of 7. We are always excited about meeting new patients during their first visit to our office. Your initial appointment will consist of a thorough examination by the orthodontists and a discussion of potential treatment options. This important visit will give us insight into your orthodontic needs, as well as answer many questions you may have.
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?
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 know your time is valuable, so to expedite treatment, we may also take diagnostic records during your exam appointment. The records include X-rays, photos and impressions for study models and are necessary for developing the appropriate treatment plan.
We will then schedule a consultation visit to discuss 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.
It will take approximately one to two hours to place your braces on your teeth. From that point on, you will see us every 6-10 weeks for an adjustment. These adjustment appointments take 20-40 minutes.
We are available to see patients Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and again from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. We see patients by appointment only.
We value your time, and strive to stay on schedule. We ask that you extend the same courtesy to us. If you are unable to make your appointment, please contact us immediately. Rescheduling appointments are very difficult as they are made 6-10 weeks in advance. You should only cancel an appointment if you have an emergency.