For New Patients
Complimentary First Visit
At your first visit to our office, a thorough and complete examination will be performed. This will include pictures and a panoramic X-ray in order to analyze facial and skeletal type and assess facial growth. An examination of the bite, alignment of the teeth and the health of soft tissues will also be performed.
Records and Consultation
If treatment is necessary, an orthodontic records appointment and a consultation appointment for review of findings will be made. Complete diagnostic records typically include a medical/dental history, plaster study models of the teeth, photos of face and teeth and a cephalometric X-ray. The doctor does a thorough evaluation of this information to develop a treatment plan for each patient. At the consultation appointment, we discuss your treatment with you in detail, including the cost for your particular case.
The initial appointment when you get your appliances (braces, expanders, etc.) usually takes from one to two hours. You will then see us at regular intervals six to 10 weeks apart for an adjustment, which usually takes 20 to 40 minutes. Our regular office hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: 8:00am-12:00pm, and 1:30pm-5:00pm, Tuesday: 9:00am-12:00pm, and 2:30pm-6:00pm. Patients are seen by appointment only. We make every effort to be on time for our patients and ask that you extend the same courtesy to us. If you cannot keep an appointment, please notify us immediately. Cancel only if it is an emergency, as it is difficult to reschedule since most appointments are made six to eight weeks in advance.
Payment and Office Policies
The cost of treatment depends on the complexity of the patient's case. You will be able to discuss fees and payment options before treatment begins. We have payment plans to suit different budgets, including a no-down-payment option. We also accept assignment from most insurance plans, and file the necessary papers to the insurance company. We work hard to make orthodontics affordable.
In an effort to keep orthodontic fees down while maintaining the highest level of professional care, we have established this financial policy:
- If full payment is made at the onset of treatment we will offer a fee discount
- To fit your individual needs, financial arrangements can be made to extend your payments over a period of months.
- For your convenience, we accept payment by Visa and MasterCard.
If you have insurance, we will help you to determine the coverage you have available. We will help in every way that we can in filing your claim and handling insurance questions from our office on your behalf.