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Patient Education

What can I expect at my first appointment?

Your first appointment at our office is called a new patient examination.  This appointment typically takes about 30 minutes.  At this appointment, Dr. Olson will do a thorough examination of your mouth. Problem areas will be identified and discussed with you.  At the new patient examination, the following questions will be addressed:

  • Is treatment indicated at this time?

  • Should we wait on more growth and development?

  • What treatment procedures might be used to straighten your teeth?

  • Do any teeth need extraction to accomplish our goals?

  • How long will treatment take?

  • How much will treatment cost?

  • What are your payment options?


If orthodontic treatment is indicated at this time, two additional appointments will be scheduled.  

The first is a longer record-taking appointment in which we take X-rays, photos, and scanned digital models .  These will be necessary for analyzing your case.  This record-taking appointment takes about 45 minutes.  The second appointment is about a week later and is a formal consultation with Dr Olson. At this appointment, he will present the findings on your case and will discuss treatment details.  This appointment is scheduled at specific times of the day and takes about 30 minutes.  


If you're not ready for treatment, you will be placed on recall and seen after six or 12 months of additional growth. This may occur if we deem it necessary to wait on more growth and development and the loss of more primary teeth.

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