initial introductory exam is complimentary for patients of all ages! We are
always excited to meet new patients and consider their first visit a very
special one! You will be greeted by our receptionist before being escorted to
our patient/family consultation room. Please feel free to request a tour of the
office if you would like to see our team in action.
The next step will be a thorough orthodontic exam and discussion of
possible treatment options. This important 45 minute visit will give us
insight into your orthodontic needs, and we will be able to address the
Is there a condition that orthodontics can
Is treatment needed now or should treatment be
delayed until appropriate growth, tooth eruption or other factors have
What treatment procedures & options could
be used to correct the problem?
How long will treatment take?
What is the estimated orthodontic treatment
What is my expected insurance benefit?
What are my payment options?
While we can often answer these general questions about
treatment during the initial examination, we will address specific areas after
careful analysis of "diagnostic records" which include:
Digital X-rays (Panoramic and Headfilm)
Digital facial and intra-oral photographs of
your teeth, smile, profile and bite
Study models of the teeth
We know your time is valuable. If treatment is
indicated, we can obtain some or all of the above records at your initial exam.
Following that, we will schedule a consultation visit to discuss Dr. Shaw's
treatment recommendations, options, time frames and financial arrangements.
New patient forms are
available to download, print and fill out prior to your exam, if you wish.