Your First Orthodontic Visit
Your first orthodontic visit with us is not just about treating bite problems or moving teeth with various types of appliances, it’s about treating people. We want to make your decision to do something good for yourself an easy one. We want you to feel comfortable and to know that braces can help you to look, feel and live a better life. Therefore, our first step is to get to know you; to find out more about you and about your specific concerns and expectations. Once we know exactly what you want and need, we can tell you about us and how we can help you achieve your goals.
When you visit our office you will meet Dr Ilias N. Andreopoulos who will conduct an initial visual exam and provide you with a preliminary diagnosis. We will be happy to answer any questions, as well as address any concerns regarding any aspect of your visit:
- 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 orthodontic appliances could be used: Metal braces, Ceramic braces, Invisible braces
- The estimated length of treatment
- Your financial options and most comfortable payment plan to meet your needs
- What foods to avoid, and other tips on oral care during treatment
- Do any permanent teeth need to be removed?
- How much will it cost?
After we have evaluated your records, we will conduct a treatment consultation to explain all aspects of your orthodontic treatment in detail. We will provide a complete clinical diagnosis regarding the nature of the problem, a written summary of the findings and a detailed plan that outlines your treatment, goals and estimated fees. We encourage questions from both the patient and parents, and as such, we provide ample time to answer your questions.
Diagnostic Records will have to be taken so that we have a record of what your condition is before we begin treatment and for a final treatment plan to be determined. This consists of:
- Two special radiographs
- Photographs of your teeth
- Photographs of your face
- An impression of your teeth
The records will take approximately thirty minutes and can usually be done at the first appointment or can be rescheduled at a more convenient time. In our practice, we work as a team, and the most important member of our team is you. Your commitment to any orthodontic treatment is essential for its success, so take an active role in your own health and happiness and call today.
We believe that good orthodontic care begins with open communication. We promise to speak candidly with you about our diagnosis and recommendations, any alternative treatments and any symptoms present that may require further treatment. Working together, we can achieve a true partnership, with one common goal – helping you achieve a beautiful, confident smile!