Your First Orthodontist Visit
We are always excited to meet new patients during their first visit to our office. Your initial appointment will consist of taking digital photographs and if necessary, a panoramic X-ray. Dr. D will conduct a thorough examination and then discuss his findings and potential treatment options with you. This initial appointment usually lasts about an hour. We will gain insight to your orthodontic needs and you will have a great introduction to our practice. We know your time is valuable, so to expedite treatment, we may also reserve additional time following the initial exam for further diagnostic work. These activities may include additional X-rays and photos as well as creating impressions for further study. These activities are necessary to develop an appropriate, individualized treatment plan. This additional appointment will last approximately 30 minutes.
Here are some of the questions that we will discuss during your first visit. We encourage you to ask any additional questions you may have as well.
- Is there a problem that orthodontics can address?
- Is treatment needed now or should treatment be delayed until further growth, tooth eruption or other factors have occurred?
- What treatment methods 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?
We can often answer these general questions about treatment during the initial examination, but sometimes in more involved cases, more detailed analysis is needed to enable Dr D to answer all of your questions completely. Developing an individualized plan for each patient’s specific needs results in superior results and higher patient satisfaction. For more complex cases we will schedule a follow-up consultation to discuss treatment details and options.
Please assist us by providing the following information during your first visit:
- Any panoramic X-ray taken within the past six months.
- If you have orthodontic insurance, please bring your insurance card. Providing this information on your first visit enables us to give you an estimate of your out-of-pocket costs.