Orthodontic Appointments

Office Policies

Your First Appointment

It is extremely important that you feel comfortable and confident with the orthodontist that you choose. We are certain that you have found the right place! Your first appointment is an opportunity to meet Dr. Fodero and her team to discuss your orthodontic concerns and to learn about the best treatment options for you.

At your first appointment we will take complimentary diagnostic photos and x-rays and Dr. Fodero will complete an oral exam to determine whether is treatment is necessary. Should treatment be necessary, Dr. Fodero and her treatment coordinator will discuss the available options and answer any questions you may have. Our financial coordinator will be able to answer any questions you have regarding your insurance and will help create a flexible payment plan that works for you.

The Next Step

If treatment is needed and you decide to move forward, we will assist you in scheduling the next few appointments to start the process of achieving a healthy, beautiful smile. Typically there are one to two appointments to have your braces or another orthodontic appliance placed. These appointments can take about an hour. You will receive an orthodontic care kit and our team will make sure to give you thorough instructions and answer all of your questions.

Subsequent Appointments

Subsequent appointments are to adjust your braces or appliances so that we can gradually and gently move your teeth into the desired position. It is important to stay on the schedule we recommend so you can achieve the best possible result in the shortest amount of time. You will need to visit our office every 4 to 12 weeks, depending on the nature of your treatment. Please give us a call to reschedule when you may be running late for an appointment, or know in advance that you have a conflict so that we can do everything possible to accommodate you while keeping your treatment on schedule.

Continue to see your general dentist while in orthodontic treatment!

It is extremely important to keep your teeth and gums healthy while in orthodontic treatment. Your general dentist has a vital role in your final outcome. Dr. Fodero recommends that you see your family dentist every six months while in orthodontic treatment. In some circumstances it may be necessary to see your general dentist more often while in orthodontic treatment to keep your teeth healthy.

Orthodontic Consultation

At the initial visit, we get to know the patient and family members, helping them get oriented to and acquainted with our office and practice philosophy. We then perform a thorough examination to determine if orthodontic treatment is needed. General questions regarding the fee and our payment options are discussed during the first appointment.

Initial Records

After the consultation, diagnostic records may be recommended. These records are an important step in orthodontic treatment. It includes photographs, x-rays and models of the teeth. The information gathered from these records helps us determine an appropriate course of treatment for the patient. We then prepare a treatment plan specifically designed to address the patient’s orthodontic needs and requests.