Making the decision to begin orthodontic treatment is exciting. Working towards improving your oral health and achieving a straighter smile is something to celebrate! But braces and aligners are a big commitment, and it’s not unusual to find yourself feeling a little nervous about all the journey ahead. Dr. Jared Lee and the rest of our expert team want you to feel confident in your choice to trust us with your smile, and that starts with ensuring you’re fully informed about every part of the treatment process. Knowing what to expect from your orthodontic treatment allows us to work together to deliver nothing but the best results!
The first step in any orthodontic journey is scheduling an initial consultation. This appointment is complimentary at our Oxnard and Santa Paula offices, and it’s a pretty big deal! That’s why we do our best to make sure it’s as positive and stress-free as possible. A big part of that is helping you know exactly what to expect from this experience. To learn more about what happens at your very first orthodontic visit with us, keep reading below!
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Getting started on a straighter smile
Your experience as our new patient will begin with a friendly welcome from our team and a quick tour of the office. Following this, we’ll collect a bit of information from you, including your medical and dental history, then take a few photos and x-rays of your face and teeth. This information, along with a thorough oral examination by Dr. Lee, allows us to evaluate the bone health, structure, and position of your teeth. These are your diagnostic records, and our expert team will use them to form a proper diagnosis and offer you the most appropriate treatment type.
Because orthodontic treatment is a substantial investment of your time and finances, we never want you to feel like you’re being rushed or that you’re left with unanswered questions. It’s important to us that you understand each step of the treatment process as it’s happening!
Once your examination with Dr. Lee is complete, we’ll go over:
- Any orthodontic issues we find
- What treatment options are available to correct the problem
- An estimate of how long we expect your treatment to take
- The total expected cost of treatment
- Any payment or financing options we have available to you
Our practice focuses on the specific needs of each patient we work with. Using the information gathered at your first orthodontic visit, we’ll create a customized treatment plan and will also track the progress of your teeth as they move under our care. This approach means we consistently produce superior results and a rewarding orthodontic experience.
Investing in a healthier mouth
Once you’ve decided on a plan with Dr. Lee, we’ll walk you through the investment needed for your new smile. Since every patient has their own specific needs and responds to treatment in their own way, the total costs will vary from case to case. But don’t worry! We’ll make sure you completely understand all the associated costs before we proceed to the next step.
We don’t want anyone to miss out on the orthodontic care they need due to their budget, so we’re committed to providing high-quality care that’s also affordable! For your convenience, we offer a variety of payment plans and accept most credit cards and insurance providers. For the latter, we’ll work with you to maximize your benefits and minimize your out-of-pocket costs, and our office staff can help you with insurance claims and paperwork.
The next steps in your orthodontic journey
As your first visit concludes, we’ll schedule an appointment for you to receive your new orthodontic appliance. Depending on your treatment plan and the type of appliance you’ll be using, you can expect follow-up appointments in our one of our offices every 6-12 weeks or so. At these appointments, Dr. Lee will make any adjustments necessary, and will also check that your treatment is on target.
These visits are a very important part of your orthodontic treatment, so it’s critical that you don’t miss them. However, we’re human too, and understand that sometimes life gets in the way of our plans! We do our best to make sure appointments are scheduled for a day and time that’s convenient for you, but we know that you may unexpectedly find yourself running late or needing to cancel an appointment. If this happens, we only ask that you let us know as soon as possible so we can reschedule your appointment. This will keep your treatment plan progressing as it should be.
Dr. Jared Lee will give you the smile you desire – and deserve!
Did you know that your smile is the first thing people notice about you? Not only that, but multiple studies have shown that it’s also the feature someone is most likely to remember about you. That’s just one reason why it’s so important to only trust your smile to an experienced orthodontic expert like Dr. Lee. Along with our talented team, Dr. Lee is dedicated to providing you with only the best orthodontic care, treatment, and results.
Because we only use the highest quality materials and latest techniques, you’ll receive the most appropriate, innovative, and comfortable treatment available. Dr. Lee is always studying the latest trends in orthodontics to bring out the best possible smile in each patient we treat! We want you to feel respected and valued from your first orthodontic visit to your last, and that begins from the moment you walk in the door. So if you’re in Oxnard, Santa Paula, or the surrounding communities, give us a call today to schedule a FREE initial consultation with us! There’s a healthy, beautiful smile waiting here for you.