We always look forward to meeting new patients during their first visit to our office! At this free initial appointment, Dr. Edelen will complete a thorough clinical examination and then will discuss the potential treatment options. Because your time is valuable, we can often take diagnostic records at this same appointment if you are ready to begin treatment. Diagnostic records are necessary to determine the best course of treatment for each individual. In addition to the medical/dental history and clinical exam, complete diagnostic records typically include a series of x-rays and impressions of the teeth. Taking the records usually requires about 30 minutes. This information is used to develop a custom treatment plan for the patient. These records are also helpful in tracking the progress of the case as the teeth move throughout orthodontic treatment.
We encourage the patient and/or parent(s) to ask questions at this initial appointment. Dr. Edelen will address the following questions by the end of the first visit:
- Can I benefit from orthodontic treatment?
- Am I ready to begin treatment now or should I wait?
- What kind of treatment procedures will be necessary to correct my problem(s)?
- Do I need to have any permanent teeth removed?
- Approximately how long will treatment take?
Our goal by the end of this first appointment is to provide you with the information you were seeking regarding orthodontic treatment in general. We strive to make sure you feel completely informed and comfortable when making a decision about whether orthodontic treatment is right for you!
We can often answer the basic questions by the end of this first visit; then Dr. Edelen will carefully study the diagnostic records after they are taken. He feels it is extremely important to analyze each patient’s specific needs so that he can develop the best treatment plan for that individual to ensure superior results and patient satisfaction. After careful analysis of the diagnostic records, he will be able to recommend the exact plan of treatment and provide additional details regarding the length of treatment and cost of your particular case.