New Patient Consultation
Your new patient consultation is designed to be an informative visit. We may take two digital orthodontics X-rays at the beginning of this visit to allow Dr. O’Neill to determine the course of treatment required and to share with you the details of the prescribed treatment plan. These X-rays are used as a diagnostic tool for the doctor’s use only; they remain the sole property of the office and will not be distributed without the consent of the patient or the patient’s legal guardian. The customary consultation fee is waived.
You will be asked to fill out three forms for your consultation visit. Please arrive 15 minutes ahead of your scheduled appointment to allow time to process these forms in the office. They can be accessed here.
First Visit for Treatment
If treatment is needed, we may take diagnostic records at the first visit to determine the best course of treatment. Complete diagnostic records typically include a clinical exam, photos of the patient’s face and teeth, X-rays and a state-of-the-art iTero imaging scan of the teeth. This information constitutes a diagnostic record and is used to develop a custom treatment plan for each patient. These records are also helpful in tracking the progress of treatment as the teeth move under orthodontic care.
The appointment for when you get your appliance (braces, expanders, etc.) usually takes from one to two hours. You will then see us at regular intervals for an adjustment, which takes 20 to 40 minutes. Patients are seen by appointment only. We make every effort to be on time for our patients, and we ask you to extend the same courtesy to us. If you cannot keep an appointment, please notify us immediately. Since most appointments are made 4-8 weeks in advance, it is sometimes difficult to reschedule missed appointments immediately.