Your first visit to our office is the very beginning of your orthodontic journey, and we’re just as excited as you! This will be a chance for us to get to know you, your current orthodontic situation, and your goals in orthodontic treatment.
Visiting Stormberg Orthodontics
What To Expect During Your Initial Exam
Generally, the first visit will take about 45 minutes, although we’ll always leave time for extra questions if necessary. During this time, Dr. Stormberg will perform a thorough examination of your teeth, mouth, and gums, checking for any orthodontic problems that may be present. We’ll also take complimentary photographs, x-rays, or other measurements of your mouth.
Please be sure to remove any jewelry from the neck up, as this helps us complete the most accurate exam possible. Based on your initial exam, Dr. Stormberg will provide a preliminary diagnosis and treatment recommendations.
You will be asked at the initial phone call, if you have orthodontic insurance. If you can provide us with this information, we can also calculate your estimated orthodontic benefits during the course of your first visit, helping you better understand what the costs of treatment will look like.
Your first appointment is a time for you to get as much information as possible about treatment, so we encourage you to ask any questions you may have. We’ll review over the following points during the appointment:
- Is there a condition that can be treated effectively with orthodontic care?
- Should we start treatment now or wait until later?
- What treatment options will I be able to choose from?
- Do any I need to have permanent teeth removed?
- How long will I be in treatment?
- How much will treatment cost?
- What are my payment options? What does my insurance cover?
Answers To Your FAQs From Dr. Kurt Stormberg
American Association of Orthodontists recommend you should schedule your child’s first appointment by age 7. Orthodontic treatment and a child’s growth can complement each other. By timing orthodontic treatment to predictable stages of dental development, the orthodontist may be able to take advantage of your child’s growth and development. Some problems that can be treated quite well in a growing child may require corrective surgery or permanent teeth to be extracted if treated after growth has occurred.
Before you leave, be sure to have all the necessary information needed to complete our new patient forms, including your insurance information. Then, Dr. Stormberg will complete the examination, which can include X-rays and photographs, to properly diagnose you or your child’s condition. If you want to learn even more about what happens, you can find more information on our First Visit page.
Dr. Stormberg will thoroughly explain your options to you after he completes the exam, and will recommend the best course of treatment. You’ll learn the answers to five important questions during your consultation appointment, including:
- Is there an orthodontic issue, and if so, what is it?
- What treatment is needed to correct the problem? Can braces and/or Invisalign correct the problem?
- Will any teeth need to be removed?
- How long will treatment take?
- How much will treatment cost?
We can only determine treatment costs after your initial consultation is completed, as each patient’s case is unique. You can learn more about our Financing & Insurance policies on our website, or speak to one of our staff members at the office. We’ll review your financing options with you, and will work with you to maximize your insurance benefits.