First Visit/Records

s-braces3.jpgWe look forward to meeting you on your first visit to our office. We understand that each patient's orthodontic treatment is different, and we promise to give you the personal attention you deserve. During this time, we will acquaint you with our office, introduce you to contemporary concepts of orthodontic care, address your orthodontic concerns, advise you regarding the timing of treatment, and discuss potential treatment options.

To help us individualize your care, your initial orthodontic assessment will include a description of your treatment goals, a survey of your treatment needs, and an indication of your treatment preferences. Your treatment goals are a summary of what you would like orthodontic treatment to accomplish for you. Your treatment needs are a preliminary assessment of your orthodontic condition. We have pioneered a whole system minimally invasive philosophy of care which incorporates the wellness model of care, next generation 3-D technologies, a minimally invasive approach, and concepts of whole systems research.

Our assessment of your orthodontic condition will focus on signs, symptoms, and risks associated with the health of your teeth and periodontal structures, bite function, facial esthetics, smile esthetics, and other aspects of your oral health. Your treatment preferences are a preliminary indication of the treatment techniques and technologies you believe you would like to consider or learn more about. To help you with our evaluation process we will provide you with substantial written educational materials concerning our philosophy, our office, our treatment types, the technologies which we offer, and more. We will also provide you with a personalized summary of potential treatment considerations, including cost estimates.

Your second visit with our office will be orthodontic records. Orthodontic records are necessary to obtain more detailed information regarding your orthodontic treatment needs. Our orthodontic records include a volume radiographic survey with cone beam 3-D tomography (you may request a low dose mode), 3-D optical imaging, digital close-up smile and intraoral imaging and digital impressions.

After we have evaluated your records, we conduct a treatment consultation to explain all aspects of your treatment in detail. We will provide a clinical diagnosis and summary of your treatment plan, and work together with you to determine a payment plan. We encourage questions from both the patient and the parents, and as such allow time to answer your questions.