Your First Visit
Initial Orthodontic Consultation
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child have an initial orthodontic evaluation at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7.
Exclusive to our office because of our unique training in orthodontics and pediatric dentistry, we start these evaluations at age 1 to identify problems and to guide proper growth and development. Facial balance, bite, and smile problems can be identified. If there are orthodontic problems, we offer a complimentary one-hour consultation that includes a panoramic X-ray and orthodontic photos.
At this important first visit, we will:
- Discuss your primary orthodontic concerns.
- Determine the appropriate time to begin treatment.
- Provide potential treatment options with the financial investment and treatment length.
- We understand that each patient’s orthodontic treatment is different, and we promise to give you the personal attention you deserve.
Your Child’s First Dental Check-Up
We follow the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry that a child’s first dental visit be scheduled by his/her 1st birthday. Starting early allows your child to see our warm and cozy environment, build trust, and put them at ease for future dental visits. We want to establish a dental home as soon as possible. We will also review the importance of maintaining a good dental health program with you and your child to ensure a healthy and beautiful smile for life!
Activities at the first visit will be based on the child’s age, anxiety, and dental concerns. At the very least, we hope to complete a comprehensive exam and fluoride varnish at this visit. We’re usually able to accomplish these simple procedures, but we can also just provide a “ride in the big chair” for children who are extremely apprehensive.
Most anxiety that children experience is based upon the apprehension of their parents. We are experienced in dealing with children with anxiety and can explain treatment procedures in a positive and pleasant manner to avoid any unpleasant feelings toward dentistry. Children should be encouraged to discuss any fears or anxiety they feel. Please support us by avoiding words that could initiate fear, such as “drill” or “shot.”
Take a little time now to save yourself a lot later.
Please fill out and print these convenient SMILE Orthodontics New-Patient Forms before you come for your first visit.
Make A Payment
If you would like to make a payment online, please select your location and complete your payment using our secure portal. If you have any questions about your bill or payment information, please contact our team.
Finances shouldn’t stand in the way when it comes to getting the smile you deserve. We offer a variety of payment options to accommodate any situation, and we’ll work with you to figure out the best plan for your unique needs. We participate with many insurances and will gladly submit all necessary paperwork to your insurer on your behalf. We also offer 0% in-house financing and low down payments. For your convenience, we accept Cash, Credit Cards, CareCredit, Payment Plans, our In-House Platinum Value Plan, and No-Interest Payment Plans.