|Your First Visit
At the first visit a clinical evaluation will be performed. We will evaluate and discuss the orthodontic problems and recommend the appropriate timing to begin treatment. The recommendation of the American Association of Orthodontists is that an orthodontic evaluation be performed on all children by the age of 7. Depending on the age of the patient and the extent of the orthodontic problems, either the patient is scheduled to begin treatment or is scheduled to return for recall appointments where the erupting dentition can be monitored and the orthodontic problems can continue to be evaluated.
Once we have determined that the patient is ready to begin treatment, diagnostic records are made to determine the best course of treatment. Complete diagnostic records typically include a medical/dental history, clinical examination, plaster study models of the teeth, photos of the patient’s face and teeth, and X-rays. This information is used to develop a custom treatment plan for each patient. These records are also helpful in tracking the progress of treatment as the teeth move under orthodontic care.
Shortly after your diagnostic records appointment, and after we have evaluated your records, we will discuss your treatment with you in detail, including the types of appliances you will need, the importance of good oral hygiene, the foods that are important to avoid, and the cost for your particular treatment.
The appointment when you get your appliances (braces, expanders, etc.) usually takes from one to two hours. You’ll then see us at regular intervals 4 to 6 weeks apart for an adjustment, which takes approximately 20 minutes. Our regular office hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. On Fridays our hours are 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM, and our office is normally closed on Tuesdays during the school year. During the summer months our schedule changes and on Fridays we do not schedule patient appointments. 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. It is difficult to reschedule you since most appointments are made 4 to 8 weeks in advance.
Payment & Office Policies
The cost of treatment depends on the severity of the patient’s problem. You will be able to discuss fees and payment options before treatment begins. We have payment plans to suit different budgets. 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: 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. In cases of serious delinquency, treatment will be discontinued, although we will make every effort to accommodate patients with temporary difficulties.
If you have insurance, please let us know. We do not accept direct assignment from insurance companies, but we will be happy to help you submit your insurance forms so that you can be reimbursed by your insurance company and maximize your benefits. Our professional care is provided to you, our patient, and not to an insurance company. Thus, the insurance company is responsible to the patient and the patient is responsible to the doctor. We will help in every way we can in filing your claim and handling insurance questions from our office on your behalf.