Starting Your Smile

The first visit to a doctor’s office can sometimes seem intimidating, especially for kids. But, your first visit to Laidlaw Orthodontics will be completely painless.

Your first visit with us is a chance for Dr. Laidlaw to evaluate your needs and address any concerns you may have about your smile.

Young boy with braces smiling

Easy & Painless

At your first free consultation, you’ll be welcomed by our team, introduced to expert orthodontist Dr. Andrea Laidlaw, and shown around our office. Dr. Laidlaw 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 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.

Our highly-trained, orthodontic treatment coordinator will then take some digital photographs of your teeth using our iTero digital scanner. These images are the best way for us to see your teeth, jaws, and facial soft tissue.

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.

Your Custom Treatment Plan

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?

Dr. Laidlaw will point out specific areas of concern and show you what kind of corrections you can expect by showing photos and videos of similar cases. She will take as much time as you need to answer your questions and decide what kind of treatment is best for you.

Dr. Laidlaw and her assistant will then walk you through the process. They’ll explain everything—from scheduling to expected discomfort levels, to finances and 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.

Start Your Treatment the Same Day

The orthodontic treatment process involves a series of orthodontic visits. We value the relationship that we’ll build with you and your family throughout that process and want you to be confident that you’re receiving the best orthodontic care possible.

Once you feel like we've answered all of your questions and concerns, you can start your treatment that same day. We value your time, and we know you want to make the most of your visit.

Get Started

If you have a special request regarding this process, please talk with our treatment coordinator or receptionist before your first visit. We’ll 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.

To schedule your free initial consultation with Dr. Laidlaw, call our office at (503) 648-0859. You can also schedule a free consultation by filling out a simple online form.

Dr. Laidlaw and the team at Laidlaw Orthodontics are ready to help you get the smile of your dreams.