Your First Appointment
The First Appointment
We are always excited about meeting new patients. Your first appointment is an important 30 – 45 minute visit that will consist of a thorough examination, identification and explanation of dental or skeletal concerns, and discussion of potential treatment options
During the initial examination, we will address the following questions that cover the basics of orthodontic treatment. We encourage you to ask questions as well.
- Can orthodontics address my dental concerns and condition?
- 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?
- What are my treatment options?
- 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.
a. If treatment is relatively straightforward and we advise that treatment should be initiated, your next appointment will be to take orthodontic records. The records include radiographs (X-rays), photographs and a digital scan for study models, all of which are necessary for developing an accurate and appropriate treatment plan. This appointment will last approximately 1 hour. A consultation appointment, where we review the records, discuss the findings and treatment options, will be scheduled for more complicated or multidisciplinary cases. We want to ensure that our patients leave the office with a clear understanding of their specific needs, what treatment will consist of and how long it will take
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your first visit:
- Your main concerns.
- Any significant medical history.
- Let us know if there has been a panoramic X-ray taken within the past year