What to Expect during Your First Visit with Us
Are you contemplating braces? Perhaps you are preparing for your child’s first visit to the orthodontist. Choosing a dental specialist can be an overwhelming task, and we’re glad you are considering Smile Orthodontics for your family’s needs. Our doctors are board-certified orthodontists who combine skill, knowledge, and compassion to provide comprehensive care to our patients. To help you be prepare for your first appointment with us, we’ve put together this checklist. We look forward to meeting you!
When You Arrive
When you arrive to our office for your first visit, our friendly front desk team will ask you to fill out our new patient paperwork. This packet will ask for information regarding your health history, current medications, expectations, and more. This will help us become better acquainted with you. If you prefer, you can fill out the forms ahead of time and bring them with you to your appointment.
What to Bring with You
At Smile Orthodontics, we accept several insurance plans. It is important that you bring your insurance card and any pertinent information with you to our office. Our team of financial experts will fill out any necessary paperwork for you and check your benefits.
It is also helpful to bring any existing dental records with you to your first visit. Any information that can help our doctors understand your dental history better will be invaluable. Even though we may take our own x-rays when you arrive, bring previous radiographs as well. This way, we can compare them to see if there have been any significant changes since your last dental visit.
Your Initial Consultation
Once you have completed all necessary paperwork, one of our friendly team members will escort you to a consultation room. There, you will get to know your orthodontist and discuss your treatment goals. X-rays, photos, impressions, and other diagnostic information will be gathered. After assessing your teeth, gums, jaw joints, and other oral maxillofacial structures, your doctor will be able to make a recommendation based on your unique situation.
Our Joint Discussion About Your Case
After the information has been gathered, the doctor will discuss potential treatment options with you, step-by-step. At Smile Orthodontics, we believe patient education is valuable. Therefore, we can tell you what likely caused the issue in the first place, and explain why certain treatments are best to address the problem. During this time, you will be presented with a clinical diagnosis, detailed treatment outline, and estimated fees and timeline.
Questions to Ask
Your first orthodontic visit is an excellent time to ask your doctor any questions you have regarding the treatment process. Here are a few recommendations of things to ask during your appointment:
- Do I have more than one option for orthodontic treatment? If so, which option is best, and why?
- How long can I expect treatment to last?
- What types of procedures can I expect during my treatment?
- Is it best to begin treatment now, or is there an advantage to waiting?
- Will I require preparatory dental work before I begin orthodontic treatment?
- How much will my treatment cost?
- What types of payment plans do you offer?
Contact Us to Learn More
If you would like to find out more about what to expect during your first visit, reach out to a team member. We are always available to answer any questions. To schedule a consultation with one of our doctors, give us a call at one of our two Suffolk, VA office locations, or contact us online anytime.
When I first came to Smile Orthodontics, I was 11 years old, and my smile had a lot of work to do. By the time I was done being treated, my smile was exactly how I wanted it to look. With my new, big smile, I gained a lot of confidence in myself. Overall, my time at Smile Orthodontics was life-changing and very enjoyable.Kendall S.