New Patient’s Information

Your First Visit

During a new patients first visit, a thorough orthodontic examination will be performed and recommendations made as to the need and/or timing of treatment. If treatment is indicated and you would like to proceed, diagnostic records will be taken. Diagnostic records are made to determine the best course of treatment. Complete diagnostic records typically include a medical/dental history, clinical examination, scanning of your teeth for digital study models, digital x-rays, and photos. This information is used to develop a custom treatment plan for each patient. These records are also helpful in tracking the progress of treatment.

Consultation

After the doctors have evaluated your records, they will discuss your treatment with you in detail, including the cost for your particular case.

Regular Appointments

The appointment when you receive your appliances (braces, expanders, etc.) usually takes from one to two hours. You’ll then see us at regular intervals two to eight weeks apart for an adjustment, which takes 15 to 30 minutes. 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 may be difficult to reschedule you since most appointments are made two to eight weeks in advance.

Finances

Cost

The cost of treatment depends on the severity of the problem. You will be able to discuss fees and payment options before treatment begins. We have payment plans to suit different budgets, including a no-down-payment option. We also accept assignment from most insurance plans, and file the necessary papers to the insurance company. We work hard to make orthodontics affordable.

Fees

In an effort to keep orthodontic fees down while maintaining the highest level of professional care, we have established this financial policy:

If full payment is made at the onset of treatment, we will offer a fee discount. (If you have insurance, we will offer a discount for payment of your portion of the fee that will not be covered by insurance.)
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, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER and AmEx.
We also offer third-party financing through CareCredit.

Insurance

If you have insurance, we will help you to determine the coverage you have available. We ask that you assign your insurance benefit to us. The balance will be arranged for you to pay (see above). 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.

Convenient Online Services

  • View your appointment and account information any time
  • Sign up for email or text appointment reminders
  • Check your payment history and see current charges
  • Print out flex spending reimbursement and tax receipts

If you do not have a patient login and would like to begin viewing your account information online and from the comfort of your own home, please click here to sign up for your own personal account.

Forms

Please prepare for your first appointment by completing our new patient information forms. Download the forms to your computer to complete at home. Then bring them with you to your first appointment.

Orthodontic Facts

What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialized form of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities.

Who is an Orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has completed two to three years of additional training to learn the skills necessary in managing tooth movement and guiding facial development.

Why Orthodontics?

The major benefit of orthodontic treatment is a more attractive smile and the increased self-confidence that often follows.  Additional benefits may include encouragement and guidance of dental eruption, better function of teeth, an increased ability to clean, and assistance with other dental treatment.

When Orthodontics?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends every child visit an orthodontist by age seven. Orthodontic treatment can often be completed following eruption of all permanent teeth, however treatment may be beneficial while some baby teeth are still present.

How long is treatment?

Treatment time varies from a few months to multiple years.

Life in treatment

Orthodontic treatment can be uncomfortable at times, with tooth soreness and initial lip/cheek irritation being the most common concerns. Most activities (sports, playing instruments, etc.) can be continued while in treatment. Brushing, flossing, smart dietary choices, and regular dental visits are still required while in orthodontic treatment.

Life after treatment

Following treatment completion, retainers are required to prevent unwanted dental changes. To ensure treatment results long-term, retainers are recommended for life.

How to schedule?

No referrals are necessary to make an appointment. Just call, message or email.

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