Your first visit to our orthodontic 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 looks similar to your regular dentist's office, however what we do here is a little different and it all begins with the initial complimentary consultation.
You should plan to spend at least an hour with us the first time. That's to ensure that no one has to rush, and that you get plenty of time to ask any questions you may have. You will meet one of our receptionists or patient coordinators, who will take some information from you and then bring you back to take records and then Dr. Miyai will do a full exam of your mouth.
Let's Make a Plan
A big part of our job today is to determine what treatment is necessary to correct any problems we may find and whether we should begin now or wait until a later time. Our process starts by taking a series of radiographic (X-ray) images using a high tech digital x-ray machine for minimal exposure these enable us to see what's going on underneath the gums: the position and growth of bones and joints, and the teeth that are not visible above the gum line. Then we will take a set of regular photographs of the teeth in their present state.
After the records are taken it will be time for the exam. Dr. Miyai will look at the records and images then perform a careful examination. Besides looking in the mouth, Dr. Miyai may also ask questions, such as whether the jaws make noise when the mouth is opening and/or closing, or if there are any problems chewing or swallowing. Taken together, this information will allow the doctor to make a proper diagnosis and finalize his treatment plan at your first visit.
Discussing Your Treatment Options
Following the exam, Dr. Miyai may tell you that things are just fine or he may recommend treatment. Treatment might begin right away or at a later time, depending on the developmental stage of the teeth and jaws. Many times if treatment is not necessary at this time Dr. Miyai will advise you to return for a periodic checkup, until he determines that it's the best time to start. Now that Dr. Miyai has a treatment plan, your Treatment Coordinator will then explain what our fees will be, and what payment options are available to you.
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 the process, and discuss any of the following:
- Can orthodontic treatment benefit me (or my child)?
- What general procedures will be used to correct the problem?
- Are any options available (or recommended) for my treatment?
- Should I get treatment now, or is it better to wait?
- Will tooth extraction be necessary?
- How much does treatment cost? Are payment plans available?
- How long do you expect treatment should take?
When you leave our office, we think you'll have a better understanding of how we can help you get the best possible smile. So why not take the first step now and call us for a complimentary consultation today!
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