Consultation Appointment with Dr. Picard
Your first appointment at our office will be an initial consultation appointment where you will meet with Dr. Picard. She will conduct a thorough clinical orthodontic examination and explain all aspects of treatment herself.
The purpose of the initial examination is to answer:
- What sort of problem is present, if any?
- When is the proper time to begin treatment?
- What type of treatment is indicated?
- How long will treatment take?
- How much will the treatment cost?
What is the cost of the treatment?
- The treatment cost is determined on a case to case basis although it is also influenced somewhat by the type of treatment (ie. Metal braces versus Incognito braces), the cost is more predominantly associated with the complexity of the treatment needed.
- A special form called the Standard Information Form for Certified Orthodontics will be provided at the initial consultation which can be sent to your private insurance company if you have insurance benefits as a pre-determination for your coverage.
- We offer payment plan options to make your orthodontic treatment affordable.
What does my orthodontic treatment include?
- In order to initiate your treatment, orthodontic records will be done. This includes your x-rays, photos, study models of your teeth and Dr. Picard’s treatment planning customized for your treatment objectives.
- Your treatment includes all appliances, regular appointments for adjustments and checks performed in our clinic.
- If appliances require replacement and/or repairs during the course of your treatment, there is the possibility of fees being charged due to loss or negligence (for example eating foods that are hard that bend wires and break off brackets).
- The treatment also include your final set of retainers at the end of treatment and being monitored for one year post-treatment.
- Orthodontic records, which consists of x-rays, study models and a personalized growth study workup to determine your treatment objectives.
If orthodontic treatment is indicated at this time, an appointment for Diagnostic Records is scheduled. If time allows, these diagnostic records can be taken at the initial visit.
What are Diagnostic Records?
- Study models of your teeth.
- Panoramic and cephalogram radiographs and tracings.
- Doctor’s studying the diagnostic records and determining the best course of treatment.