Your first visit to our office is very important to us. It gives us the opportunity to get to know each other and determine what you hope to accomplish with your smile. We will ease any concerns by giving you as much information as you need. Each member of our team is friendly and accessible and we encourage our patients or parents to ask questions. We believe that patients will feel more comfortable if they know what to expect and are well informed of a procedure before it occurs. We try to avoid any unexpected surprises and let each patient know everything we are going to do, before we do it.
Prior to your first appointment, please complete the online health history form on our website. This will enable us to begin your visit without delay. A panoramic x-ray is usually taken if not available from your general dentist. This x-ray shows all the teeth and is different from the cavity detection x-rays taken by your general dentist. A thorough oral exam and review of the panoramic film will enable Doctors Davis and Goldberg to give you their professional recommendations regarding your orthodontic care (what type of treatment, if any, is needed; when it would start; how long treatment will last, etc.).They will communicate with your general dentist regarding his recommendations for treatment.
If orthodontic treatment is recommended, a staff member will discuss fees for service, flexible payment options, and appointments. Orthodontic treatment is an excellent investment in the overall dental, medical, and psychological well being of children and adults. Financial considerations should not be an obstacle to obtaining this important health service. Being sensitive to the fact that different people have different needs in fulfilling their financial obligations, we can help you with flexible payment options.
Diagnostic records are taken and used to develop a custom treatment plan for each individual patient. Complete diagnostic records include: photographs of the patient's face and teeth, x-rays, impressions for study models, and bite registrations. These materials can be taken at the initial visit or at another appointment time.
After the doctor analyzes the diagnostic materials, he will discuss a treatment plan with the parent and or patient that is specifically designed for the patient's orthodontic needs. If you have questions regarding treatment, they will be addressed at this appointment. Previously discussed payment options and insurance needs will be finalized.