First Visit

Kira1-resizedEach orthodontic patient's treatment is different, but our goals for the first visit are always the same:

  • to help you get acquainted with our office
  • to answer any questions you have about orthodontic treatment
  • to build a custom treatment plan based on your needs and goals

Your "first visit" is a two- or three-part process. Many people choose to see us for an initial evaluation; they want to meet their orthodontist and discuss what is or may become an appropriate plan for orthodontic treatment.

Some patients skip directly to the orthodontic records appointment in which we take diagnostic records of your teeth and jaws – these include radiographs, photos and a digital scan of your teeth. For this appointment, you'll need to bring any panoramic radiograph taken within the last six months. And, good news.. the digital scan of your teeth replaces uncomfortable impressions (yes, you read that correctly, no more impressions!), please read our digital impression page to learn more. This appointment lasts approximately an hour, and at the end, we'll schedule your subsequent consultation.

During the consultation, we will discuss treatment options, time frames and financial arrangements. Your doctor will provide a complete clinical diagnosis of your orthodontic needs and a detailed plan that outlines your treatment, goals and estimated fees. It's very important to us that our patients feel secure in their knowledge of problem areas, treatment options, what an elected treatment will involve and how long that treatment will take.

Here's an outline of questions typically covered in the consultation:

  • Is there a condition present that orthodontics can correct?
  • 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 treatment cost?
  • What are my payment options?

During any part of the examination or consultation, however, we encourage patients to voice questions and concerns. To see examples of bites that orthodontic treatment can correct – and to see some of the different types of corrective appliances used in orthodontic treatment – visit our All About Orthodontics page.