Planning for a healthy smile
The main part of your first appointment is your initial exam: a comprehensive evaluation to discover the state of your smile, diagnosis of problems with your bite, and help to formulate a treatment plan. We’ll start this exam by taking photographs and x-rays of your teeth, after which you’ll be examined by your orthodontist. We also now obtain digital impressions (scans of the teeth) which provide a 3D model to help us not only plan treatment, but also fabricate any necessary appliances that might be needed.
We will likely be able to make a complete diagnosis during your first visit and start your smile journey that very day! We’ll create a detailed diagnosis and treatment plan to help you achieve your healthy smile.
Understanding your orthodontic treatment options
After your exam, we may tell you everything is fine or we’ll recommend some form of orthodontic treatment. We may decide to start treatment immediately or wait until the teeth develop further, monitoring their growth to find the perfect time for treatment. In any case, we’ll discuss your options with you at your first appointment and answer any questions you have about your treatment. While we’re happy to discuss any questions or concerns you have, we’ll go over these specific points during your first appointment:
- Do I have an orthodontic problem? What is the problem?
- Can treatment help me or my child?
- What treatment methods are best suited to my orthodontic condition?
- Is it best to start treatment now or wait?
- Will I need to have teeth extracted?
- What will treatment cost? What are my financial options?
- How long will treatment take?
In the end, you should leave your first appointment with a better understanding of your orthodontic condition and the options available to you for achieving a healthy smile, whether that be braces or Invisalign®. Over time, you’ll find that orthodontic treatment is an investment in your smile – and the first step is only a call or click away.
Appointments are an important part of your treatment as time has been reserved specifically for you. Please arrive on time for your appointment. If you are more than 15 minutes late, you may be asked to reschedule. We request a 24-hour notice if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment. We are aware that unforeseen events sometimes require missing an appointment, and we appreciate your cooperation.