Your First Visit
We will send you an initial packet once you schedule your examination visit, which will include a welcome brochure, an appointment slip with a magnet holder, an orthodontic facts brochure and a health questionnaire, which we would like you to fill out and bring with you to your first visit.
The clinical examination will disclose visual findings, and Dr. Shanahan will make treatment recommendations. We will also discuss with you what the next steps are and how we can make orthodontic treatment affordable within your budget. If orthodontic treatment is indicated, you will have the opportunity for us to take the needed impressions and photographs and digital 3d x-rays to get started with treatment. For our patients who are 12 or older, you can expect to spend about 45 minutes with us during this visit if you decide to go through with treatment. If you are younger, or not ready to start treatment, the new patient exam last about 20 minutes.
The examination will result in one of three outcomes:
- The patient is not ready or may not need treatment and is placed on recall (Development Supervision) to be seen at a later date.
- The orthodontic treatment will be of limited nature at this time and appointments will be scheduled for construction and fitting of appliances.
- If the problem appears to warrant comprehensive orthodontic therapy, full diagnostic records will be necessary
While we can often answer general questions about treatment during the initial examination, we will address specific treatment options, time frames and financial arrangements at a more lengthy and personal visit, after the appropriate records have been assembled for the consultation.
We insist that our patients leave the office with a clear understanding of their specific needs, what the treatment consist of and how long it will take. Also, we will answer any additional questions you may have.
We are committed to providing you with the highest quality of orthodontic care in a pleasant and professional manner. Our highly trained and friendly staff is excited to meet you. Our introduction will help you become familiar with our office. To make your orthodontic experience fun and relaxing, our office offers: a tooth brushing station with complimentary toothbrushes and floss, a 35’ flat screen television in the reception room, a children’s corner for the little ones, a fun and rewarding ortho token program, wireless Internet and last but not least, fun monthly contests. We will schedule your initial appointment for around 20 minutes to allow Dr. Shanahan sufficient time to do a thorough examination and to discuss his findings with you.