First Visit

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Your first orthodontic appointment.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. If you have not already filled out the initial paperwork prior to your arrival you will have the opportunity to do so during this initial visit. You will meet one of our patient coordinators who may need some additional 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

A big part of our job today is to determine what treatment is necessary to correct any problems we may find — and whether we should begin now, or wait until a later time. First Dr. Groisser will perform a thorough exam of you, or your child’s, mouth, jaw and teeth. He will make a preliminary determination as to whether treatment might be recommended now or whether there should be a period of observation. Usually a complimentary panoramic radiograph will be taken at the initial visit to evaluate what is going on beneath the gums.

If treatment is recommended now, then the next step would be to take some digital photographs of the teeth, mouth and face as well as radiograph to evaluate jaw structure, facial growth and development. Impressions (molds) of the upper and lower teeth are also needed to carefully evaluate the bite and to help develop long and short term treatment plans. The impressions involve biting down on putty-like material for about 30 seconds.

Besides looking in the mouth, we may also ask questions, such as whether the jaws make noise when the mouth is opening or closing, or if there are any problems chewing or swallowing. Taken together, this information will allow us to make a proper diagnosis and finalize our treatment plan at the first visit.

Discussing Your Treatment 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. If new questions come up after you leave please feel free to contact our office, as we are always available to answer your questions.

So why not take the first step now — request an appointment to arrange a complimentary consultation!

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