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 new patient exam. There is no cost for this appointment!
After scheduling your new patient exam, you have the choice to print your New Patient Information forms from our website, or plan on arriving 10 minutes early to complete your forms in the office. Please provide us with your dental insurance information including: name of subscriber, employer, date of birth, name of insurance company and ID number, and social security number of the subscriber (for a few insurance companies this is the only way we can verify and bill insurance). Your information remains safe in our secure system.
You should plan to spend 30-40 minutes 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. You will meet one of our treatment coordinators, who will take your paperwork and verify if you have any insurance you want us to look into. Then it's time for Dr. Niles to perform a thorough oral examination, checking bite position, jaw joints and erupting teeth.
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. If it's confirmed that treatment may need to start now we will schedule the next appointment for orthodontic records. As a licensed orthodontist Dr. Niles is required to take full orthodontic records consisting of: facial photographs, impressions for study models, a cephlametric x-ray and a panoramic x-ray. These enable us to see what's going on underneath the gums: the position and growth of bones and joints, and the teeth that are still below the gum line.
After that, we'll schedule you back for a follow up consultation appointment in about 2-4 weeks. That will give Dr. Niles time to look at the records and images, and create a custom treatment plan. The treatment plan will be discussed at your consultation appointment along with final costs, payment plan options, and we can schedule your appointments to start treatment.
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. So why not take the first step now — call us for your new patient exam at (810) 227-1950.
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