The initial appointment is a clinical examination to determine your orthodontic needs. We will advise you of any problem, the necessary corrective treatment, and a fee range for orthodontic care. If you were referred by your dentist for this exam, we will waive the fee as a courtesy to your dentist. However, if a diagnostic x-ray should be needed there will be a $65.00 fee.
If treatment is indicated, records will be taken to enable the doctor to study the problems and determine the corrective procedures. We will take impressions for upper and lower study models, facial and intra-oral photographs, and a panoramic and cephalometric head X-ray. The fee for this procedure is $300 and includes the follow-up consultation. This fee will be applied toward the total treatment investment once active treatment has begun.
One or both parents/guardian (in the case of a minor child) as well as the patient are required to attend. We will discuss the specific problem as well as our plan of treatment. The fee for the entire treatment, it’s anticipated length, and financial arrangements will also be discussed.
The patient must have his/her teeth cleaned and all cavities filled before orthodontic treatment can begin. We recommend that he/she continue to be seen at least every six months for cleaning and cavity checking after the braces are placed. Your dentist may take additional X-rays for their own use.
We attempt to vary our schedule on a daily basis to meet the needs of our patients and their families. However, many appointments, especially longer ones, will be necessary during working/school hours. After active treatment has started, patients are seen every six to ten weeks. We make every effort to be on time for our patients and ask that you extend the same courtesy to us. If you cannot keep an appointment, please notify us immediately. Cancel only if it is an emergency, as it is difficult to reschedule you since most appointments are made six to ten weeks in advance.
In an effort to keep orthodontic fees affordable while maintaining the highest level of professional care, we have established this financial policy:
- If full payment is made at the onset of treatment by check or cash, we will offer a fee discount.
- To fit your individual needs, financial arrangements can be made to extend your payments over a period of months.
- For your convenience, we accept payment by VISA, MASTERCARD, and DISCOVER. We can also arrange automatic deductions from your financial institution.
- In cases of serious delinquency, treatment will be discontinued; although, we will make every effort to accommodate patients with temporary difficulties.
In most cases, we do accept assignment of benefits. We will fill out the necessary claim forms and return them to your insurance company. Fees are expected at the time they are incurred, unless other arrangements have been previously made with our business office.