First Visit

Your first visit to our office is an exciting time! It's a chance for us to get acquainted, and for you to learn about the treatments and services we offer. When you walk in the door, you may notice that our office is "homey", open, and comfortable. We are here to provide you with the most positive experience from our waiting room to the quality of treatment. It all starts with the initial consultation.

 
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You should plan to spend at least an hour with us at your first visit. This is to ensure that our team has adequate time for your evaluation and that you get plenty of time to ask any questions you may have. You will meet Dr. Wolf and all of the members of our team who will greet you, take any necessary information, and guide you through the entire visit.

 

Let's Make a Plan

A big part of our job at the first visit is to determine what treatment is necessary— and whether you should begin treatment now, or wait until a later time. Our procedure starts by taking a set of regular photographs of your teeth and a low radiation, digital, Panoramic X-Ray. This is an X-ray that goes around your entire head to show all of the teeth in a panoramic view. Sometimes your regular dentist will take a Panoramic X-Ray at your cleanings. If you have a recent X-Ray from your dentist, please have them e-mail it to us or bring in a paper copy to your first visit. We may not need to take a new X-ray if yours was taken recently. This radiograph will enable us to view the areas underneath the gums: the position and growth of bones and joints, and the teeth that are still below the gum line.

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After your X-ray and photos, it's time for the exam. Dr. Wolf will review the images and she will perform a careful examination. Besides looking in the mouth, she may also ask questions, such as whether your jaws make noise when your mouth is opening or closing or if there are any issues chewing or swallowing. Together, this information will allow her to make a comprehensive diagnosis and suggest a treatment plan at the first visit.

Discussing Your Treatment Options

After the first exam, we will discuss your best course of action. We will recommend treatment begin immediately or at a later time. This will depend on the developmental stage of the teeth and jaws and your specific orthodontic diagnosis. Many times, we'll advise you to return for periodic checkups, or observations, until we determine that it's the appropriate time to initiate treatment. Now that we have a treatment plan, we will also explain our fees and available payment options.

Whether you're starting now or later, this is the best time to ask questions about the process. We can talk about available treatment choices, answer general questions about what to expect at the different stages of treatment and discuss any questions you may have.

When you leave our office, you'll have a complete understanding of how we can achieve the beautiful smile you deserve!

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