Your First Visit

We look forward to meeting you on your first visit to our office. Your first visit will consist of an initial clinical examination by Dr. Simi, a discussion of potential need for orthodontic treatment and proper treatment timing.

While we can often answer general questions about treatment during the initial examination, specific treatment questions can only be answered after careful analysis of diagnostic records.

Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your first visit:

  • Completed medical history form (two sided)
  • HIPAA acknowledgement and authorization forms
  • Any panoramic x-ray taken within the past six months
  • Although there is no charge for the initial exam, please bring your insurance card if you want us to investigate possible orthodontic benefits

Diagnostic Records

The first step toward treatment is taking Diagnostic Records. These records are necessary for Dr. Simi to begin to develop a custom treatment plan for each patient.

Diagnostic records usually consist of the following:

  • Panoramic x-ray of all the teeth
  • Cephalometric x-ray of the skeletal structure of the head
  • Facial and intraoral photographs
  • Digital scans of the patient’s teeth
  • Examination by Dr. Simi

Dr. Simi will evaluate the diagnostic records to analyze each patient’s specific needs because in-depth treatment planning is critical to achieving high-level results.

Treatment Plan Presentation

During the treatment plan presentation, Dr. Simi will discuss clinical diagnosis, treatment options, patient cooperation needed, risks and benefits of treatment, and approximate time duration.

If the patient is a minor, both the patient and one parent need to attend this appointment. We want our patients to leave the treatment plan presentation appointment with a clear understanding of his or her specific needs, what the treatment will consist of, and approximately how long it will take.