Your First Orthodontic Visit

Whether it is our first word, first date, or first job, milestones add meaning to our lives. As exciting as they can be, however, they may also leave us feeling a little anxious! Here at Van Vliet Orthodontics, we know that new adventures can be scary, even if you are looking forward to them. Taking the first step in your orthodontic journey is a big decision, and we want to ensure that you feel confident in our care throughout the treatment process. That begins with your initial consultation in our Highland or Ramsey office! 

We believe that this first visit is one of the most important ones you will have. It is our chance to meet and get to know each other a little better as we talk about the concerns you have. We want this to be a positive and stress-free experience for you, so let’s go over what you can expect from your complimentary consultation.

A warm welcome

Whether you choose our Highland or Ramsey office, you will be greeted with a smile! We will give you a brief tour of the office and introduce you to some of our talented team before going over your medical and dental history. We will then take a few digital photographs for our records, and in addition will take an i-CAT 3D scan to determine your orthodontic needs.

At this point, Dr. Van Vliet will perform an oral examination. While examining your teeth, gums, and mouth, he may also ask if you have had any problems with chewing, swallowing, or opening and closing your mouth. The information that we obtain from your history, exam, and images is what allows Dr. Van Vliet to make an initial diagnosis and recommend the best course of treatment for you.

We do not want you to feel like we are rushing you through any appointments, especially your very first one! For that reason, you can expect it to last a little longer than most visits. Most consultations will take about an hour, as we take time to discuss your diagnosis, the orthodontic process itself, and address any questions or concerns you may have at this point. You can expect to cover topics like:

  • any oral issues you are experiencing
  • if treatment is needed immediately or if waiting is recommended
  • what treatment options are available to correct the problem
  • an estimate of how long we expect your treatment to take
  • the total investment required for treatment
  • any payment or financing options we have available to you

Van Vliet Orthodontics creates individualized treatment plans that are based on each patient’s unique needs, lifestyle, and goals. By customizing our approach in this way, we are able to consistently produce beautiful, lasting results that our patients love!

Your First Orthodontic VisitYour new smile investment

Once we have discussed your treatment options and decided on a plan that works for you, we will take a look at the total investment needed for your new smile. Because every case is different and each patient responds to treatment in their own way, the total treatment costs will vary from person to person. However, there are no hidden costs at Van Vliet Orthodontics. Our team will ensure that you always understand exactly what to expect before treatment even begins.

We believe everyone should have access to affordable, high-quality orthodontic care, and we are proud to provide our patients with multiple treatment options. Our practice offers convenient payment plans, and we also accept most major credit cards. If you have dental insurance that covers orthodontic treatment, we will be happy to review your insurance information in order to maximize your benefits. We can even help you file your claims and keep track of the paperwork!

The next steps in your orthodontic journey

After you have decided on a treatment plan with Dr. Van Vliet, we will schedule an appointment for you to start the active phase of treatment.

Depending on the type of treatment, follow-up visits will be every 4-8 weeks or so. During these check-ups, Dr. Van Vliet will examine you and assess your progress.

These visits are a critical part of the treatment process, so it is important that you do not miss them. While we do our best to schedule your appointments for a day and time that is convenient for you, we understand that sometimes life gets in the way! If you are running late or cannot make your appointment for any reason, just let us know as soon as possible so we can reschedule your appointment for another day. This will help keep your treatment plan progressing as it should be.

Get world-class service close to home with Van Vliet Orthodontics

Your smile is the first thing most people notice about you. It’s also the feature they are most likely to remember! Here at Van Vliet Orthodontics, our expert team will give you a smile that stands out in a positive, welcoming environment. We aim to provide you with a rewarding orthodontic experience from your first appointment to your last! 

If you are in Highland, Ramsey, or any of the surrounding communities, we would love to meet you and discuss how orthodontics can transform your smile! Get in touch with us today to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Van Vliet and take the first step towards the beautiful smile you have always wanted.