You should plan to spend 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 an exam and some diagnostic work if we are ready to proceed with making a careful personalized treatment plan.
Let's Make a Plan
We may also take impressions (molds) of the teeth. This lets us make an exact replica of the bite, which helps us understand exactly what the problem is and how best to treat it. If we need to do this, we will ask you (or your child) to bite down on some soft putty-like material for a few moments; then we’ll remove it and make the diagnostic models in our lab.
After that, it’s time for the specialized consultation. We will look at the records and images, and formulate a treatment plan. We do not routinely put braces on until a careful diagnosis and plan for your case is determined. We have seen the problems from other offices that put the braces on first then hope to find a plan later. We do not rush this step.
Discussing Your Treatment Options
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?
Please remember that orthodontic insurance is a benefit for you or your child. If, during the course of treatment, your benefits change, the financially responsible party is accountable for all charges.
Our office is committed to helping you get the most out of your insurance benefits. As a courtesy to our patients, we will bill your insurance company for services rendered in our office. If you have any questions, our financial coordinator will be happy to assist you.