Your First Visit
We look forward to meeting you on your first visit to our office! Here is some information about your first few appointments.
During this complementary Examination Appointment, we will help you get acquainted with our office and learn about orthodontic treatment. Your first orthodontic visit will consist of an examination and a discussion of potential treatment options. This important visit will address your unique orthodontic needs to determine if this is the proper time to begin treatment.
Some young patients may not be ready for orthodontics and will enter our complementary Pre-Orthodontic Guidance Program. Dr. Foley evaluates them periodically until they are ready to begin. And younger siblings are welcome to join the Kids Club!
Many of the patients are ready to move forward into the treatment phase. In order to get more diagnostic information, our staff schedules a Records appointment for photographs, dental impressions, and radiographs (x-rays). Oftentimes, these records can immediately follow the initial examination if everyone’s schedule permits.
After Dr. Foley has evaluated your records, he explains all aspects of your proposed treatment in detail at a Consultation appointment. We will provide a complete clinical diagnosis regarding the nature of the problem, a written summary of the findings and a detailed plan that outlines your treatment, goals and estimated fees. Ample time is allowed for questions from both the patient and the parents. After your payment options are finalized and a contract is signed, the actual orthodontic treatment can be started.
Most orthodontic appointments are brief. But when the braces are first placed on the teeth, a longer uninterrupted appointment is needed. While the teeth are moving, the appliances will be adjusted every four to six weeks. Even INVISALIGN aligners need to be checked and supervised, although not as frequently.
It is important to note that some procedures and several appointments will need to be during school hours. We realize that many of the parents and schools do not want children to be taken out of school or to miss extra-curricular events for orthodontic appointments, but it will occasionally be required. Everyone involved in this wonderful experience needs to be flexible and understanding so the resulting beautiful smile will be achieved in a timely manner.