We Welcome You as a New Patient
Our Goal: Your Smile
Your First Visit
We are always excited about meeting new patients during their first visit to our office. Your initial appointment will consist of an office tour, digital x-rays and photographs, a thorough examination and discussion of potential treatment options. This important one-hour visit will give us insight into your orthodontic needs.
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 feel it is important to analyze each patient's specific needs, because in-depth planning leads to superior results and higher patient satisfaction.
We will then schedule a consultation visit to discuss treatment options, time frames and financial arrangements. We insist that our patients leave the office with a clear understanding of their specific needs, what the treatment will consist of and how long it will take. Also, we will answer any additional questions.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your first visit:
Any panoramic X-ray 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 costs
You may access the following forms to assist us with your care. Please print and fill out the following forms, then bring them to your appointment.
Medical History Form - Adult and Child
Orthodontic treatment is an excellent investment in an individual's health and wellbeing. We believe financial considerations should not be an obstacle to obtaining this important health benefit. Our office is dedicated to your health and will make every effort to make orthodontics affordable. Being sensitive to the fact that different people have different needs, we offer a variety of payment options:
Discounts are given for payments in full and with multiple family members in treatment. A no interest payment plan is also available.
As a service to our patients, we are pleased to offer CareCredit. CareCredit lets you begin your treatment immediately—then pay for it over time with low monthly payments that are easy to fit into your monthly budget.
Discounts are given for payment in full and with multiple family members in treatment.
Our offices accept payments by:
It is our goal to maximize your insurance benefits. We accept assignment of benefits from most major insurance companies. We will be happy to assist you in determining whether your insurance company will cover your orthodontic treatment and the amount of your benefits. If your company does provide benefits, we will be happy to take care of the insurance paper work and file your claim for you. Please provide our office with your insurance information either prior to or at your first visit. If you have any questions regarding insurance, please contact our insurance coordinator.
Please remember that orthodontic insurance is a benefit for you or your child. If, during the course of treatment, your benefits change, the financially responsible party is accountable for all charges.
Flexible Spending Accounts
Many employers offer a flexible spending account to their employees to help cover dental and medical expenses which fall outside of insurance benefits. Employees can set aside pretax dollars for these expenses, including orthodontic treatment. Most flexible spending accounts have an annual maximum dollar amount along with specific plan requirements. An important rule of flexible spending accounts is that the money which is allocated for the plan year must be used within that plan year. Any money which is not spent will be forfeited and lost. Furthermore, some plans require that the money be allocated on a monthly basis throughout the plan year as opposed to one lump sum payment. Please consult with your employer regarding specific plan requirements and restrictions.
If you have a flexible spending account that you would like to apply toward orthodontic treatment and you believe you or your child may need treatment soon, it is important to contact our office well in advance of either the enrollment period or the expiration of the plan year. We will be happy to evaluate any members of the family for which the monies have been or will be allocated. Advance notice will allow us to properly time orthodontic treatment so that you can take full advantage of your flexible spending account dollars.