We always look forward to meeting new patients during their first visit to our office. Unlike most medical and dental exams, our initial exam is complimentary. Your initial appointment will consist of an examination and a discussion of potential treatment options for you or your child.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your first visit.
- Any panorex X-ray taken within the last year (obtained from your dentist)
- If you have dental or orthodontic insurance, bring your insurance card so we may be able to process any claims quickly.
- A completed patient registration form (a link is available at the end of this section)
The following are some of the issues we will address during the initial exam.
- Do I have a condition that orthodontics can help?
- Should treatment be done now or would it be better solved at a later date based on future development?
- By what means will the problem be solved if treatment is recommended now?
- Will any baby or permanent teeth need to be removed?
- If treatment is warranted, what will it cost and what payment options will be available?
- How long will treatment take?
While we can often answer these general questions about treatment during the initial examination, further information will oftentimes need to be obtained to discuss more specific aspects of proposed treatment.
Diagnostic Records and Treatment Consultation
Should Dr. Auter conclude that you or your child is ready to begin treatment, diagnostic records will need to be taken. The records typically include X-rays, photos, and impressions for study models. A fee will be charged for the records, but will be credited towards your total treatment fee if treatment is started. If time is available during the patient’s first visit, records can be taken immediately after the initial exam to save the patient an additional trip to the office.
Prior to a separate consultation appointment, Dr. Auter will take the time to review all of your diagnostic records so that he can customize your treatment plan based on his careful evaluation. At the consultation appointment, time will be allotted for an in-depth discussion of the proposed treatment plan, including treatment options and length of treatment. We will explain our concerns and answer your questions so that you have a complete understanding of your orthodontic needs.
During your consultation appointment, we will also explain our flexible, interest-free financial plans that help make your care more affordable. Treatment cost varies with the complexity of your individual treatment. Many insurance plans cover a portion of the fees. As a courtesy to our patients, we will file all necessary claims to assure you receive the full benefit of your insurance coverage. (Please click here for more detailed information.)
At the end of the consultation appointment, you will have the opportunity to set any future necessary appointments to begin orthodontic treatment.
Appointments and Scheduling
1. Periodic visits
Periodic visits are an important part of orthodontic treatment. Utilizing today’s new technology, we are able to see you every 6-8 weeks to check your progress and make adjustments to your braces. During this time, you will need to keep appointments, follow instructions and practice good oral hygiene. More frequent visits may be necessary from time to time, based on treatment needs and to allow timely finishing of the case.
We strive to be respectful of your time and try to stay on schedule to minimize waiting at the time of your appointment. Delays to the schedule can occur and your understanding and patience are appreciated.
2. After school appointments
Understanding the importance of education, we try to limit the number of appointments required during school hours. Our after school appointments are limited to shorter procedures to allow the maximum number of appointments for patients after school. All longer procedures such as appliance placement, complicated repairs, and appliance removal are only scheduled before 3 PM.
Your scheduled appointment time will be reserved specifically for you. We request 24 hours notice if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment. We are aware that unforeseen events or circumstances sometimes require missing an appointment. Makeup appointments for those you have missed will usually need to be scheduled in the morning or early afternoon to get the patient quickly back on track towards treatment completion.