|At New England Orthodontic Specialists, we provide quality care and individualized attention. Your first visit is an important opportunity for us to get better acquainted and answer any questions you may have regarding your orthodontic treatment. We pride ourselves on taking the necessary time to explain procedures each step of the way.
The initial examination
Our consultation appointments begin with an introduction to our office and staff. Once you feel comfortable, we can begin your initial examination. At your first appointment, we will give you a thorough examination that is comfortable and pain-free. We will make a recommendation based on your specific need. During this comprehensive examination, our doctors will be able to determine if orthodontic treatment is appropriate. If treatment is indicated, diagnostic records, including photos, x-rays and study models will be taken at your convenience.
Your exam may include the use of advanced diagnostic tools, such as digital x-rays and CBCT scans, which help us gather a better understanding of your oral health. CBCT scans are particularly useful because they give us a three-dimensional look at your teeth, soft tissues, and underlying bone (all within a single scan).
We will also review your medical and dental histories to determine the best course of treatment. This review will also help us catch any potential complications. Once your review and exam are complete, we can discuss the possible treatment options.
Consultations for children
Children and adolescents are the ideal candidates for orthodontic treatment. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that all children receive an orthodontic evaluation by the age of seven. This first appointment usually does not involve a treatment recommendation. Instead, it allows us to determine which treatments may be appropriate later on. If treatment is not recommended upon initial exam there may be a period of supervision, or “recall”. During this time, appointments are made to monitor your child’s growth, development, and eruption of teeth. No charges are assessed for these recall visits.
Many orthodontic problems are easier to catch and correct at an earlier age, before all the permanent teeth have erupted. If we do recommend interceptive treatment, it can prevent greater complications and reduce the length of treatment in the long term.
Consultations for adults
Adult consultations are slightly different. Before we move forward with any type of orthodontic treatment, we must first determine that there are no existing issues with your oral health. For this reason, we may recommend a periodontal evaluation to ensure there is no evidence of gum disease. Gum disease can weaken the periodontal tissues, making it much more difficult to move your teeth.
If you are in good oral health, we can move forward with orthodontic treatments. Your consultation is also an excellent opportunity for you to ask questions and voice any concerns. Some of the most common questions include:
Financial & Insurance Information
At New England Orthodontic Specialists we pride ourselves on providing safe, effective, and affordable treatment for every member of your family. We understand that the financial side of orthodontic treatment can become confusing at times. To make things easier for you, we have fostered working relationships with the top insurance companies. We also offer discount programs and payment plans for qualifying patients. Above all else, we want you to have a clear understanding of your financial and insurance options, as well as your patient responsibilities.
Insurance & patient co-payments
Dental insurance can play a significant role in reducing your out of pocket expense. It is important for you to review your insurance coverage as orthodontic treatment usually has a coverage limit. It is also important to properly fill out your new patient paperwork with any insurance information. Submitting your paperwork in advance allows us to prepare your benefit materials before you receive treatment. This includes any fees and co-payments dictated by your insurance policy. We are happy to work with your insurance provider and answer any questions you may have in regards to your policy.
When working with insurance, it is important to note that you are solely responsible for fees and co-payments. Our team is happy to assist you when filing a dental or medical claim, but we ask that you follow our financial policy when payment is due. Talk with our staff during your consultation to learn more about our financial policy.
Ready for your first visit?
Have you ever thought about your teeth as crooked, gapped or crowded? Has your child’s dentist recommended seeing an orthodontist for misaligned teeth? If so, orthodontic treatment may be the ideal solution. Not only will orthodontic treatment provide you with straighter teeth, but it can also lead to lifelong benefits for your overall oral health.
Your first visit at New England Orthodontic Specialists will help clarify if you or your child needs orthodontic treatment. A consultation is an important step towards a healthier, more aesthetically pleasing smile. The best way you can learn more about our office is always in person. (978) 529-3030 to schedule your first visit us.