We are always excited about meeting new patients during their first visit to our office. Your complimentary initial appointment will consist of a thorough examination and a discussion of potential treatment options.
This important 30-minute visit will give us insight into your orthodontic needs by evaluating the alignment of the teeth and the underlying skeletal structures. An analysis of the patient’s facial and skeletal type and an assessment of changes predicted due to growth and dental development will also be taken.
In addition, evaluations are made of the function of the temporomandibular (jaw) joints, adjacent bone structure, the health of oral soft tissues, mouth-breathing habits, and dysfunctional oral habits.
There is no charge for the initial appointment unless a panoramic x-ray needs to be taken to help with our preliminary orthodontic examination.
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 this 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 may find that immediate treatment is not yet necessary and instead, recommend periodic evaluations to monitor growth patterns as the permanent teeth erupt and the face continues to grow.
If treatment is indicated, we will then schedule a diagnostic records appointment to help us with treatment planning. Once they are complete, we will 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. We will also send you home with a letter of our findings and a copy will also be sent to your dentist.