New Orthodontic Patient Expectations
There is no fee for your initial exam or diagnostic records. No fees will be incurred until the treatment starts.
Dr. Crain and his staff are always excited about meeting new patients during their first visit to our office. Your initial appointment will consist of a thorough examination and a discussion of potential treatment options. If Dr. Crain determines that you are ready for orthodontic treatment, we will recommend that diagnostic records be taken. The diagnostic records include digital x-rays and photos of your face and teeth. Diagnostic records are necessary for developing the appropriate treatment plan. We do not believe in a cookbook approach to treatment plans. It is important to tailor every treatment plan to the specific details of each patient.
What to Expect
During the initial examination for each patient, we will address the following questions that cover the basics of orthodontic treatment. We encourage you to ask questions as well.
- 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 treatment procedures will be used to correct the problem?
- Do any permanent teeth need to be removed?
- How long will treatment take?
- How much will it cost?
- What are my payment options?
While we can often answer these general questions about treatment during the initial examination, we will address specific areas after careful analysis of the diagnostic records. We believe that it is important to analyze each patient’s specific needs, because in-depth planning leads to superior results and higher patient satisfaction.
Please bring any panoramic radiographs (X-rays) taken within the past six months.
If you have orthodontic insurance, bring your insurance card. By providing this information at the first visit, we will be able to give you an estimate of your insurance benefits. When treatment starts, we will file your insurance and accept assignment of your insurance, thereby reducing your out of pocket expense.
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