Your First Visit
At Apple Valley Orthodontics, our primary goal is to help you achieve the gift of the healthy, confident smile you’ve always desired. We know that beginning orthodontic care is a big decision, and we respect your reasons for wanting to enhance your appearance and boost your confidence.
Our team is committed to walking alongside you throughout your orthodontic journey, ensuring it’s as effective and rewarding as possible. We use only the most cutting-edge technology and offer a range of advanced treatment options, all to provide you with the personalized care your smile deserves.
Your journey towards a new smile begins with a complimentary initial consultation! This consultation gives you a chance to meet our team, receive a thorough exam, and learn more about the treatment options best suited to your needs. During this initial visit, we will:
- Go over your dental and medical history forms
- Conduct a comprehensive oral exam, including X-rays, to assess if treatment is required
- Create a tailored treatment plan
- Discuss all financial details, insurance information, and payment options
Our team is always here to address any concerns or questions you may have. We feel it is our responsibility to provide you with all the information you need to decide on the right course of treatment for you or your child. To schedule your initial consultation, please reach out to our team. We look forward to welcoming you to our family and starting this fun and rewarding journey together!
Please take a moment to fill out our new patient paperwork prior to your first appointment with us. We look forward to seeing you!
Your smile is yours forever, and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to receive the best orthodontic care whenever you need it. We believe that everyone deserves a beautiful smile and cost should not be an obstacle.
The cost of orthodontic treatment will vary depending on several factors, including length of treatment and the issues needing to be corrected. At your initial consultation, our team will discuss the cost of your treatment and each available payment plan option with you, so you can make the best choice for yourself and your smile. We will work with you to create a payment plan that fits your budget, and you will know what to expect before beginning treatment with no surprises!
Our practice accepts cash, checks, and most major credit cards.
We also accept most major insurances, so if you have insurance that covers any portion of your orthodontic treatment, our team is always available to help you with filing claims and paperwork.
At Apple Valley Orthodontics, we understand that life happens and orthodontic emergencies can occur, even though they are rare. We’re here to assist you during such instances. If you experience severe pain or have an issue with your orthodontic appliance that you cannot resolve on your own, we urge you to contact our office immediately.
Surprisingly, you may be able to temporarily resolve many issues yourself until you can visit our office. For instance, if there’s a loose piece that you can remove, place it in a plastic bag and bring it to your next appointment. If your braces cause discomfort, apply soft wax to the protruding part. If a wire has moved to one side, you can use needle-nosed pliers to shift it back, placing it in the tube on the back tooth.
Please remember to call our office as soon as possible, even after alleviating your discomfort, to schedule a time to address the problem. Neglecting a damaged appliance for an extended period can interrupt your treatment plan.
When you first get your braces, you may feel general soreness in your mouth, and your teeth might be sensitive to pressure for three to five days. During this time, stick to a soft diet.
You can relieve irritated gums and other sore spots by rinsing your mouth with warm salt-water. Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of warm water and rinse your mouth vigorously. If the tenderness is extreme, take Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or your usual medication for headaches or similar pain.
The lips, cheeks, and tongue may become irritated for one to two weeks as they adjust to the braces’ surface. To lessen this, you can apply wax on the braces.