We are a family oriented practice and strive to make our patient’s well-being our number one priority. Our staff is gentle, kind, and respectful while providing each patient with the most efficient and highest quality of treatment.
Your First Visit
On your first appointment, you will receive a thorough examination and discussion of potential treatment options. The purpose of your first visit to our office is to gather information. You may also receive X-rays, photos or impressions for study models, if appropriate.
A good functional and esthetic orthodontic result begins in the office with a sound diagnosis based on multiple measurements of a lateral head, panoramic, and hand-wrist x-rays. Additional valuable information is obtained from diagnostic models for bite definition and facial and intra-oral photographs for soft tissue and profile evaluation.
Please provide any panoramic X-ray taken within the past six months at the time of your first visit. If you have orthodontic insurance, bring your insurance card. With this information in hand, we should be able to give you an accurate estimate of the proposed costs.
Prior to your first visit, we need for you to fill out a health history form and bring it with you. We will send you a welcome letter prior to your examination appointment with a health history form enclosed or you may choose the appropriate form (adult or child) from the "patient forms" category on the navigation menu. Print the health history form, fill it out and bring it with you to your first appointment.
Out of respect and consideration of others, please be on time for your appointments. If you cannot keep your appointment, please allow our office 24 hour notice for appointment rescheduling.
All initial exams are complimentary and include photos and diagnostic radiographs.
Questions that may need to be addressed during the first visit are:
- Can the proper orthodontics help this condition?
- Is treatment needed now or should treatment be delayed until appropriate growth, tooth eruption or other factors have occurred?
- What treatment procedures will be necessary to correct the problem?
- Will any permanent teeth need to be removed?
- How long will the proposed treatment take?
- What will the cost be, and what are my payment options?
In order to perform a comprehensive examination, Dr. Alder will need to gather information about your smile and your teeth. We will:
- Take digital photographic images of your face and teeth for instant examination.
- Perform a physical examination of your teeth and bite.
- Request that you allow us to take a diagnostic digital radiograph (a panoramic x-ray that exposes patients to 90% less radiation than many conventional radiographs). We will send a copy of this x-ray to your general dentist.
- Then, Dr. Alder and his treatment coordinator will present you with a custom, detailed orthodontic treatment plan that includes length of treatment and a comprehensive fee estimate.
While we can often answer general questions about treatment during the initial examination, it may be necessary to address specific areas after careful analysis of X-rays or impressions.
At Alder Orthodontics, we realize that occasionally you may overlook an appointment or need to change an appointment time. When this happens we will do our best to reschedule your appointment as soon as possible; however, our appointment times fill up fast. It is very important to try and keep your regular scheduled appointments, because missed appointments or numerous appointment changes will only delay and extend your treatment time.
We accept most major insurances. We are committed to helping you maximize your insurance benefits, so we ask that you bring your insurance card to your initial appointment so that benefits can be verified. At that time we will be able to give you an estimate of what your insurance will cover.
Below you will find our new patient forms. Feel free to print and complete the forms before your first visit with us. While we do not require that you complete this paperwork prior to visiting our practice, this will save you and our staff time when you come in for your appointment.
We reserve certain times during the day to assist patients that may have wires poking or brackets off. Please call early in the day to keep your waiting time to a minimum. If you have an actual orthodontic emergency after hours or on the weekend and you are unable to make yourself comfortable, please call either of our locations for further instructions on our voicemail.