Your first visit to our orthodontic office is an exciting time! It’s a chance for us to get acquainted, and for you to learn about the treatments and services we offer. When you walk in the door, you may notice that our office looks similar to your regular dentist’s office; what we do here, however, is a little different. It all starts with the initial consultation.
You should plan to spend at least an hour with us the first time. That’s to ensure that no one has to rush, and that you get plenty of time to ask any questions you may have. You will meet one of our receptionists or patient coordinators, who will take some information from you and bring you through the office. Then it’s time for some diagnostic work and an exam.
Let’s Make a Plan
We look forward to getting to know you at your initial consultation. This time is reserved just for you so that you can learn more about your orthodontic treatment options, and for us to get to know a little bit about you. We want to develop a plan that will achieve your objectives, and fit into your lifestyle. At this first visit, we will obtain records including digital x-rays and clinical photographs at no cost. Dr. Wilhite will then perform a detailed case appraisal which includes an assessment of your teeth, bite, oral musculature, and skeletal form in conjunction with an analysis of your digital records. At this appointment, we will provide a detailed review of your treatment options, estimated treatment time and treatment cost. It is important to us that we answer absolutely every question you may have about the practice, your case, and your treatment plan. We appreciate that every patient is unique. Thus, we will design an individualized plan that takes into account your goals, desires, and comfort. We will help you achieve your best smile!
After all, your smile is the signature of our reputation.
Discussing Your Options
Following the exam, we may tell you that things are just fine — or, we may recommend treatment. Treatment might begin right away or at a later time, depending on the developmental stage of the teeth and jaws. Many times, we’ll advise you to return for a periodic checkup, until we determine that it’s the best time to start. Now that we have a treatment plan, we will also explain what our fees will be, and what payment options are available.
Whether you’re starting now or later, this is the best time to ask questions about the process. We can talk about available treatment choices, answer general questions about what to expect at the different stages of the process, and discuss any of the following:
- Can orthodontic treatment benefit me (or my child)?
- What general procedures will be used to correct the problem?
- Are any options available (or recommended) for my treatment?
- Should I get treatment now, or is it better to wait?
- Will tooth extraction be necessary?
- How much does treatment cost? Are payment plans available?
- How long do you expect treatment should take?
When you leave our office, we think you’ll have a better understanding of how we can help you get the best possible smile. So why not take the first step now — call us for a consultation!
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