Your First Visit

This important visit will address any orthodontic questions you or your family may have. Your first visit to our office will consist of an examination and a discussion of potential treatment options. It’s helpful to us if you can provide us with any of the following pieces of information during that first visit:
• X-rays of your teeth. The two that are the most important are a pan (panoramic) and ceph (cephalometric). It’s okay if you don’t have them yet, but you may have had one taken by your general dentist or a specialist in the past year.

• A list of medications you are presently taking.

• A health history card, with any pertinent information filled in A HIPPA form.

If you have dental insurance, please bring any necessary information, including the card, policy and/or group numbers, and claim forms. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims. During the visit, an x-ray may be taken- if you are under 18, we will need a parent’s permission to take the x-ray. If you and the doctor determine that treatment is the next step, the following things may happen. You or your child may be scheduled for one of the following:

Records: This appointment usually consists of taking impressions for study models, diagnostic photographs and orthodontic x-rays.

Placement: This is the initial bracket placement appointment. Often we take records at this appointment also. Impressions will be taken for appliances and usually the appliance is placed in a few weeks. Aligner Records may also be taken for clear retainers that can be used to move your teeth.

Development or Retention: You may be asked to bring your child back in a few months or a year for a development check or retention. The doctors may decide that they need to continue to monitor development as a child grows.