Your First Visit

What to expect at your

first visit

We are always excited about meeting new patients during their first visit to our office. As a courtesy to our patients there is no fee for this visit. This one-hour visit will answer your questions including:

  • 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?
  • How long will treatment take?
  • How much will it cost?
  • What are my payment options?

A typical first appointment lasts one hour and consists of a series of photographs, a comprehensive examination, and a thorough discussion of treatment options. Your initial visit will help us determine:

1. Your Exam

We will take diagnostic records (photos and x-rays), as well as perform a thorough examination in order to answer these questions. It is very important to us that our patients leave the office with a clear understanding of their specific needs and have all of their questions answered.

2. Meet Your Doctor

Dr. Short will review your xrays and recommend a customized orthodontic plan specifically tailored to your needs. We always schedule adequate time to answer questions. However, we will gladly arrange a follow-up appointment should you require additional information.

3. Your Financial Options

Your Treatment Coordinator will discuss your financial options with you and prepare a custom plan that works within your budget. If you have orthodontic insurance, please bring your insurance card. By providing this information at the first visit, we will be able to estimate how much your insurance will contribute.

4. Get Started

If treatment is recommended and you wish to get started, we are happy to start your journey towards a beautiful, healthy smile! We will schedule your first appointment with Dr. Short where we will place your new orthodontic appliance.