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First Visit

We look forward to meeting you during your first visit to our office. This appointment will provide opportunity to discuss your or your child’s orthodontic concerns with Dr. VanDevanter.

  • Please bring a completed health history form with you. A downloadable form is available on our home page.
  • Please also bring your insurance card or insurance information with you to this first visit. This will enable us to help you determine benefits that may be available for orthodontic treatment.

Your appointment will last approximately 40 minutes, during which you will meet our wonderful staff, tour our office, have a panoramic radiograph (an x-ray which shows all your teeth) and dental photographs taken. You will then meet with Dr. VanDevanter for a thorough examination and discuss potential treatment options.

During the initial examination for each patient, we will address the following questions that cover the basics of orthodontic treatment. We encourage you to ask questions as well.

  • 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?

While we can often answer these general questions about treatment during the initial examination, Dr. VanDevanter will prepare a specific plan for you after additional diagnostic records are available. These orthodontic records are necessary for developing the appropriate treatment plan.

We feel it is important to analyze each patient's specific needs, because in-depth planning leads to superior results and higher patient satisfaction.

If treatment is indicated, a future consultation visit will provide customized treatment options, time frames and financial arrangements. We insist that our patients leave the office with a clear understanding of their needs, what the treatment will consist of and how long it will take. Also, we will answer any additional questions.