Your first visit to our office will be a free exam for you or your child. Dr. Shank will carefully examine the teeth for a wide range of possible orthodontic problems, such as crowding, cross-bite, gaps, etc. Once she has a clear picture of the most likely course of treatment, we'll sit down with you to discuss what type of treatment is necessary, how long it will take, and estimate how much it will cost. You'll receive all the information you need to know in order to decide whether to proceed with treatment or not, and any questions or concerns you may have will be addressed. If your child is not ready for treatment yet, we will schedule your child for complimentary periodic growth and development checkups to determine when would be the best time to start treatment.
After your complimentary exam, when you are ready to proceed with treatment, records are then made to determine the best course of treatment. Complete diagnostic records typically include a medical/dental history, study models of the teeth, photos of the patient's face and teeth, and X-rays. This information 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.
After Dr. Shank has thoroughly evaluated your diagnostic records, we will explain your treatment to you in detail, including the cost for your particular case.
After the Records Appointment, we'll be ready to schedule the appointment to get the new appliances (braces, expanders, etc.) placed. Getting appliances placed usually takes one to two hours. You'll then see us at regular intervals four to eight weeks apart for an adjustment, which takes about 30 minutes.
Patients are seen by appointment only. 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.
Monday through Friday by appointment.
Early and late appointments available, from 7:00am to 6:00 pm.
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