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First Visit

What to expect during your first visit

We’re always excited to meet new patients and we hope you’re excited to meet us, too. During your first visit, we’ll greet you and get to know you a little bit, then proceed with a thorough examination and discuss your treatment options. Typically, this appointment will take about 30 minutes. However, in order to begin treatment faster, we may also reserve some time following the exam for diagnostic records such as x-rays, photos and impressions. These will all be necessary for developing the right treatment plan and will take about an hour to complete.

During the initial examination, we’ll also ask questions about your oral health and we strongly encourage you to ask any questions you may have. Some good questions to ask include:

  • 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?

We will provide answers to your questions in as much detail as we can at the time. However, each case is different and we may need to take time to analyze specific needs to provide more in-depth answers. No matter what, we will always make sure you have a clear understanding of treatment options, costs and payment options.

You can also further assist us at the time of your first visit by providing us with the following information:

  • Any panoramic X-rays that have been 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.

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3200 Duportail St.
Ste 203
Richland, WA 99352

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