What to Expect

Your First Orthodontic Appointment

In our office, your first visit is a complimentary consultation. We hope to give you all the information you need to understand the orthodontic treatment and the financial options to make it possible.

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What does an Orthodontist Do on the First Visit

Your first visit is free of charge and will last approximately one hour.

Meet with our Treatment Coordinator

You will first meet with our experienced Treatment Coordinator to discuss your orthodontic concerns and preferences.

Be Examined

Dr. Bates will provide a thorough exam, explain his findings, and offer options alongside his recommendation for treatment (or no treatment).

Review financials

If the timing is right to start treatment, we will offer you information about costs and payment options.

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Questions we Will Address

  • Is orthodontic treatment needed?
  • What orthodontic tools are available?
  • Is treatment needed now?
  • Should treatment be delayed until appropriate growth, tooth eruption, or other factors have occurred?
  • How long will treatment take?
  • How much will treatment cost?
  • What are my payment options?

How to Prepare

Once you book your free orthodontic consultation online or over the phone, you will receive a text or email requesting you to fill out your New Patient Health History Form. Completing this form allows us to explore any insurance benefits prior to your appointment to ensure we are providing a clear and accurate, financial picture. Plus, it’ll save you time!

Use of X-Ray

If necessary, Dr. Bates will request one panoramic X-ray at your first visit. We’ll use this to evaluate the progress of tooth eruption, screen for any disease of the jawbones, and assess the levels of bone supporting your teeth.

We are very cautious about our use of X-rays and take them only when needed. We are constantly investing in the newest technology, which includes digital sensors that produce less radiation than traditional X-rays.

If necessary, Dr. Bates will request one panoramic X-ray at your first visit. We’ll use this to evaluate the progress of tooth eruption, screen for pathologies, and assess the levels of bone supporting your teeth.

We are very cautious about our use of X-rays and take them only when needed. We are constantly investing in the newest technology, which includes digital sensors that produce less radiation than traditional X-rays.

Use of x-Ray

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