New Patients: What to expect at your first appointment.

Upon receiving your phone call we will schedule a free orthodontic consultation. When you walk in the door at this first appointment you will be greeted by our friendly front desk staff, and given an ipad/tablet to enter your patient information and medical history. You or your child will then be escorted by our clinical staff to our brushing station, and then seated for Dr. Meyer to introduce himself and take a quick look and evaluate. We will then bring you the parent or guardian back for a thorough discussion about orthodontic treatment. At this appointment Dr. Meyer will answer 3 simple questions:

  1. Do you or your child need orthodontic treatment/braces?
  2. If so, when? (and for how long?)
  3. And how much will it cost?

Of course there's a lot more we can and will discuss in terms of the smile, bite, optimizing the 'social six' (top front 6 teeth from canine to canine), facial esthetics as well as the technical side of treatment planning; however, each of my previous 5000 + consultations takes on a personality of its own so first and foremost I like to cover the basics! At the end of the consult we typically set up a recall appointment in 6-12 months (if we need more teeth to come in) or we set up the orthodontic records (digital impressions, x-rays, photos) to begin the process. Although there is a third option to simply take the orthodontic records while you’re here. We're proud to offer goop-free, full digital impressions with the revolutionary iTero® Element(tm) Scanner. Not only is a digital impression more comfortable, it's also much more accurate. Here’s why there is no cookie cutter protocol for our patients… In my 15 years of treating patients and their families I have found that individual families prefer one of two approaches at - or following - the consultation: 1. Thoughtful and conservative approach. Go home, talk it over, discuss treatment and finances, and determine if orthodontic treatment is the right course of action for the patient and family. Orthodontics can be functionally necessary or a largely elective process – it is important for all parties to be on board prior to beginning treatment. It often makes sense to take some time at the beginning to decide what’s best for your family. 2. We know we want or need braces approach. 'We know 5 families whose braces you’ve done, and we know we want braces. We’d like to get going ASAP. Is it possible to start now?' ABSOLUTELY. This approach is often the case with subsequent kids in the family and families who already know their kids need braces either from their family dentist or pediatric dentist. We will discuss the choice of doing the records