Initial Examination Visit
Our Treatment Coordinator will greet you, introduce you to our dental office, and become familiar with your orthodontic needs and expectations. In order to make this visit as productive as possible, we will take radiographs and photos. Then, Dr. Cochran will conduct a thorough clinical examination and go over the findings with you, using the radiographs and photos as reference.
The purpose of the initial examination is to answer:
1. What sort of problem is present, if any?
2. When is the proper time for treatment?
3. How much will the treatment cost?
4. How long will treatment take?
5. What type of treatment is indicated?
If treatment is indicated, records can be taken during your initial dental exam and appointments can be scheduled to begin treatment. Our Treatment Coordinator will also describe for you the subsequent steps to start treatment and answer any questions you have concerning treatment, scheduling, finances, or insurance. When indicated, a separate consultation appointment may be arranged.
There is no charge for the initial examination.
Cost of Treatment and Insurance
Cost of Treatment
The cost of treatment depends on the severity of the orthodontic problem. You will be able to discuss fees and payment options before treatment begins. We have payments options to suit different budgets, including a no-down-payment option. We also accept direct reimbursement from some insurance plans, and file the necessary papers to the insurance company. We work hard to make orthodontic care affordable and feel that cost should not be a barrier.
The Treatment Coordinator will discuss the various payment options available, as well as the insurance process.
If you have insurance we will help you determine the coverage you have available. You are responsible for informing us of any changes in your insurance. As a courtesy, we will file your orthodontic claim with your insurance carrier. Please be aware that payment for treatment is determined by the carrier at the time services are rendered. Preauthorization by phone or paper are not a guarantee of payment. We will help in every way we can in filing your claim and handling insurance questions from our office on your behalf.
Braces or other appliances are placed at the initial banding appointment. This appointment will take about 1-2 hours, and will be scheduled in the morning when the doctors can focus more attention on this important step. After appliances are in place, regular adjustment appointments will be scheduled every 4-8 weeks. Most adjustment appointments will be 15-30 minutes long. Patients are seen by appointment only. We value your time, and make every effort to be on time. If you cannot keep an appointment, please notify us as soon as possible so someone else can use this valuable appointment time. More information on this website