First Visit

h-bracesYour first visit with us is a chance for Dr. Laidlaw to evaluate your needs and address any concerns you may have about your smile. She will conduct a thorough examination, including the alignment and position of your teeth and an analysis of your bite. Then, if needed, she will explain the nature of your problem(s) and recommend a plan for treatment. If this is the optimal time for you to begin treatment based on your individual needs, we will arrange for diagnostic records to be taken. These photos, models and X-rays will be used to thoroughly evaluate your dental and skeletal relationships. Many times, these diagnostic records can be taken on the same day as your first visit. After the diagnostic records, we will schedule a consultation with you and Dr. Laidlaw to discuss our findings and recommendations. This is an excellent time for you to ask all of your questions concerning the orthodontic process and financial arrangements, such as:

  • 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?
  • Do any permanent teeth need to be removed?
  • How long will treatment take?
  • How much will it cost?
  • What are my payment options?

If Dr. Laidlaw determines at your first visit that your child is not ready for treatment, he or she may be enrolled in our pre-orthodontic guidance program. This system helps determine the best time for treatment, and basically consists of brief, complimentary visits once or twice a year to monitor dental and facial development and to determine the best time to begin treatment.

If you have a special request regarding this process, please talk with our Treatment Coordinator or Receptionist before your initial visit. We will attempt to arrange your appointment in order to accommodate your schedule. And remember, phone consultations are also available (on request) after diagnostic records have been taken and examined.