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Your First VisitWe 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. Your initial exam is provided at no charge and no referral is needed. When appropriate, we also take digital photographs and a digital panoramic x-ray at the new patient examination at no charge to you. This important visit will give us insight into your orthodontic needs. We know your time is valuable, so to expedite treatment, we can also reserve time following the exam to complete the diagnostic records. These additional records include a second x-ray and impressions for study models, which are necessary for developing the appropriate treatment plan.
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? What may be expected if the condition is left untreated?
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 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.
In addition to completing our new patient registration form (which can be downloaded and printed from our website under Patient Information, Patient Forms), 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.