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Your First Visit

We are always excited about meeting new patients during their first visit to our office. Your initial 75 minute appointment will consist of a thorough examination and a discussion of potential treatment options.


During the initial examination for each patient, we will address the following questions that cover the basics of orthodontic treatment.

  • 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?

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We encourage you to ask questions as well. While we can often answer these general questions about treatment during the initial examination, we will address specific areas after careful analysis of the diagnostic records. We feel it is important to analyze each patient’s specific needs, because in-depth planning leads to superior results and higher patient satisfaction.

It is our goal that our patients leave the office with a clear understanding of their specific needs, what the treatment will consist of and how long it will take.

Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your first visit:

  • Any panoramic X-ray taken within the past six months.
  • If you have orthodontic insurance, bring your insurance card. By providing this information at the first visit, we will be able to give you an estimate of your costs.

We know your time is valuable.  Should orthodontic treatment be recommended, we may also reserve time following the exam for diagnostic records. The records include X-rays, photos and a digital scan that are necessary for developing the appropriate treatment plan. This additional appointment will last approximately 30 minutes.  This appointment is reserved to save you a trip back to our office only if it is convenient for your schedule.