What to Expect at Your Initial Visit

Lady smilingWe are always excited about meeting new patients at their first visit to our office. Your initial appointment will consist of a thorough examination and a discussion of potential treatment options. This important visit will give us insight into your orthodontic needs.

During the initial examination for each patient, we will address the following questions that cover the basics of orthodontic treatment. We encourage you to ask questions as well.

  • 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?
  • Do any permanent teeth need to be removed?
  • How long will treatment take?
  • How much will it cost?
  • What are my payment options?

Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your first visit:

  • Any panoramic X-ray taken within the past six months.
  • If you have orthodontic insurance, bring your insurance card. By providing this information at the first visit, we will be able to give you an estimate of your costs.

While we can often answer these general questions about treatment during the initial examination, we may recommend scheduling an additional appointment for diagnostic records. We feel it is important to analyze each patient’s specific needs, because in-depth planning leads to superior results and higher patient satisfaction. The records include X-rays, photos and impressions for study models. After careful review and analysis of these records, we can address specific issues and develop an appropriate treatment plan, as well as present treatment options and time frames. Our goal is to have each patient leave our office with a clear understanding of their specific needs, what the treatment will consist of and how long it will take. Also, we will be happy to answer any additional questions. This additional appointment will last approximately one hour.

Open Communication

We believe that good orthodontic care begins with open communication. We promise to speak candidly with you about our diagnosis and recommendations, any alternative treatments and any symptoms present that may require further treatment. We also encourage our patients to be open about any questions or concerns they might have. Working together, we can achieve a true partnership, with one common goal – helping you achieve a beautiful, confident smile!

Drs. Cook & Gutsche Orthodontics

  • Drs. Cook & Gutsche Orthodontics - 135 South State Rd., Springfield, PA 19064 Phone: 610-622-4400

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