Your First Orthodontic Visit

Welcome to Coleman Orthodontics! Our practice is proud to offer affordable unmatched service, affordable treatment options, and exceptional results to patients of all ages in the Syracuse area. Taking the first step towards the smile you’ve always wanted is a big deal, and we’re excited to help you get started. But if you’re not sure what comes next, you may be feeling a little nervous about your first orthodontic visit. This is understandable, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the orthodontic process! 

We appreciate the trust you’ve placed in our team, and we want you to feel completely confident in our care. When you have a better idea of what’s involved in achieving a healthier smile, it can help set your mind at ease! To learn more about what you can expect from your initial visit with us, keep reading below. 

What happens during an orthodontic consultation?

Your consultation is one of the most important appointments you’ll have with our team. Because we pack so much into this visit, you should plan to spend about an hour with us. This gives us more than enough time to learn a bit more about each other, listen to your concerns, perform an oral exam, and go over any questions you have about the whole process.  

We ask that you bring any insurance forms and cards along with your Health History Forms to this appointment. When you arrive, you’ll be warmly welcomed and introduced to our treatment coordinator.  After we give you a quick tour of the office, we’ll take a look at your medical and dental histories. Our records technician will then take a few digital photographs of your teeth. These are used to identify and discuss any orthodontic problems that are present. 

After the photographs are taken, it’s time for your exam! Dr. Coleman will perform a careful examination of your teeth and jaws, and may also ask some follow-up questions as he is looking at your mouth. Taken together, this information forms part of your diagnostic records. X-rays and when needed, an impression, or mold of your teeth are also part of these records. They allow us to make a proper diagnosis and finalize our treatment plan for your smile. 

Following this extensive exam, Dr. Coleman will determine what type of treatment would benefit you most. He will outline the details of your customized treatment plan, including what appliances can be used and an estimate of how long the treatment will take. If he feels that you’re ready to get started, we can often expedite treatment by taking records during that same visit. In some cases, we can even place braces that same day!

Your First Orthodontic Visit

World-class care from start to finish

A big part of this initial visit is determining if there are any issues that need to be addressed, whether now or in the future. Following your exam, Dr. Coleman may tell you that everything is fine, or he might  recommend treatment. That could be right away, as mentioned above, or he may suggest that you return for periodic check ups until he determines it’s the best time to start. The timing of treatment will depend in large part on the developmental stage of the teeth and jaws along with the severity of the problem. 

Whether you’ll be beginning treatment now or later, this is the best time to ask any questions you have about the orthodontic process. We never want you to feel like we’re rushing you through your appointments, especially this one! Our treatment coordinator will go over the treatment choices available to you and  help you understand what to expect at the different stages. We’ll also discuss other important topics with you, including:

  • how orthodontic treatment will benefit your smile
  • what methods will be used to correct the problem
  • whether or not tooth extraction will be necessary
  • the total investment required for your new smile
  • any payment plans available to you
  • the estimated length of treatment 

Your investment in a healthier smile

Coleman Orthodontics is committed to providing families throughout Syracuse  with a range of affordable treatment options that are safe and effective. Once you’ve decided on a treatment plan with Dr. Coleman, we’ll go over the total investment needed for your new smile.

Every case is different and each patient responds to treatment in their own way, so the total treatment costs will always vary from person to person. We’ll always ensure you understand what’s included in your treatment plan before moving on to the next part of your orthodontic journey!

The financial side of treatment can be confusing, but we believe everyone should have access to the orthodontic care they need. Our treatment coordinator will review our financing programs with you. In an effort to keep orthodontic fees down while maintaining the highest level of professional care, we have established the following financial policy.

  • If full payment is made at the onset of treatment, we offer a fee discount. If you have insurance, we will offer a discount for payment of your portion of the fee that will not be covered by insurance.
  • To fit your individual needs, financial arrangements can be made to extend your payments over a period of months.
  • For your convenience, we accept payment by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

If you have orthodontic insurance, we will review your coverage, benefits, and savings. Our team will be happy to assist you in filing your claim and handling insurance questions from our office on your behalf.

Your First Orthodontic Visit

Get the stand-out smile you’ve always wanted with Coleman Orthodontics

You only get one smile! You shouldn’t trust it to anything less than a qualified orthodontic expert like Dr. Coleman. Our expert team has been creating beautifully aligned smiles in Syracuse and the surrounding areas for nearly 20 years, and we look forward to helping you achieve improved oral health and straighter teeth.   If you haven’t already scheduled a FREE consultation with us, get in touch today and take the first step towards the smile you’ve always wanted!