Office Policies & Mission

  

Your First Visit

At the first visit to the orthodontist, basic diagnostic records are made to determine the best course of treatment. Basic diagnostic records typically include a medical/dental history, clinical examination; photos of the patient's face and teeth, and a panoramic X-ray. After the doctor has evaluated your records and completed the clinical exam, we discuss your treatment with you in detail, including the cost for your particular case. Additional records may be necessary to develop the custom treatment plan for you and depending on the complexity of the case an additional conference with the doctor may be necessary to finalize the plan. These records are also helpful in tracking the progress of treatment as the teeth move under orthodontic care.

Patient Forms

Please help us be prepared for your first appointment by completing this Patient Information and Medical History form. Download the form below to your computer, print it out, complete the form, and bring it with you to your first appointment.

Adult Medical Form [PDF]
Child Medical Form [PDF]

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Regular Appointments

The appointment when you get your appliances (braces, expanders, etc.) usually takes from one to two hours. You'll then see us at regular intervals for an adjustment, which takes twenty to forty minutes. Regular appointment intervals vary from patient to patient depending on the specifics of the treatment plan.

We offer appointments Monday to Thursday. Patients are seen by appointment only. We make every effort to be on time for our patients, and ask that you extend the same courtesy to us. If you cannot keep an appointment, please notify us immediately. Cancel only if it is unavoidable. It is difficult to reschedule appointments since most appointments are made four to eight weeks in advance.

Payment & Office Policies

Cost

The cost of treatment depends on the severity of the patient's problem. You will be able to discuss fees and payment options before treatment begins. We have payment plans to suit different budgets, including a no-down-payment option. We also accept assignment from most insurance plans, and file the necessary papers to the insurance company. We work hard to make orthodontics affordable.

Fees

In an effort to keep orthodontic fees down while maintaining the highest level of professional care, we have established this financial policy: If full payment is made at the onset of treatment, we will offer a fee discount.

To fit your individual needs, financial arrangements can be made to extend your payments over a period of months. For your convenience, we accept payment by VISA and MASTERCARD. In cases of serious delinquency, treatment will be discontinued, although we will make every effort to accommodate patients with temporary difficulties.

Insurance

If you have insurance, we will help you to determine the coverage you have available. We ask that you assign your insurance benefit to us. The balance will be arranged for you to pay (see above). Professional care is provided to you, our patient, and not to an insurance company. Thus, the insurance company is responsible to the patient and the patient is responsible to the doctor. We will help in every way we can, filing your claim and handling insurance questions from our office on your behalf.