We look forward to meeting you at your first visit to our office. During this time, our treatment coordinator and Dr. Pine will help you get acquainted with our office and learn about your orthodontic treatment. We understand that each patient’s orthodontic treatment is different, and we promise to give you the individualized attention you deserve. Your first visit will consist of an initial examination, often along with the taking of photographs and making of a panoramic image of all your teeth. This information will aid Dr. Pine in developing and discussing potential treatment options as well as determining if is the best time to begin treatment. If your treatment plan is more involved, other xray images and study models of your teeth will need to be obtained (a fee will apply) and a separate treatment planning conference will be scheduled.
During your first visit, we will address the following questions that cover the basics of orthodontic treatment. We encourage you to ask questions as well.
- Is there a condition that orthodontics can address?
- 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 it cost?
- What are my payment options?
In recognition that your time is valuable, we set aside 80 minutes for your first visit, allowing us time during ONE visit to meet with you, assess your needs, develop treatment goals and a plan to meet those goals. Additionally, we will determine the associated fees and discuss the numerous payment options available to you. We encourage questions from both patients/parents, and we provide ample time to answer your questions.
We believe that good orthodontic care begins with open communication. We promise to speak candidly with you about our diagnosis and recommendations, any alternative treatments and any symptoms present that may require further treatment. Working together, we can achieve a true partnership, with one common goal – helping you achieve a beautiful, confident smile!