Do I need braces? Your first visit is complimentary and will consist of a thorough examination and a discussion of potential treatment options. We are always excited about meeting new patients during their first visit to our office. The ADA and AAO recommend every child should see an orthodontist by age 7 or 8 years. This important 30-minute visit will give us insight into your orthodontic needs. We know your time is valuable, so to expedite treatment, we may also reserve time following the exam for diagnostic records. The records include X-rays, photos and impressions for study models and are necessary for developing the appropriate treatment plan. This additional appointment will last approximately 30 minutes. During the initial examination for each patient, we will address the following questions that cover the basics of orthodontic treatment. We encourage you to ask questions as well: • 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? • How long will treatment take? • How much will it cost? • What are my payment options? While we can often answer these general questions about treatment during the initial examination, we will address specific areas after careful analysis of the diagnostic records. We feel it is important to analyze each patient's specific needs, because in-depth planning leads to superior results and higher patient satisfaction. Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your first visit: Any panoramic X-ray 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.