Your First Visit
Your First Visit with the Orthodontist
At Sullivan Bastian Orthodontics, we strive to make every part of the orthodontic process easy and convenient. As a premier orthodontist serving the Mill Creek WA area, we’re proud to offer a wide variety of orthodontic treatments to our patients, designing personalized treatment plans that strike the balance between straightening teeth and fitting in with your lifestyle. In addition to traditional braces, we’re proud to offer a variety of orthodontic alternatives, including the popular Invisalign system. We’ll go over all your options and help you choose the best treatment course for you during your first visit to our office.
Before Coming To Your Appointment
After we get your consultation appointment on the calendar, you will receive a form which will allow you to fill out your new patient paperwork. You will also be able to enter your insurance information so that we can be fully prepared to give you a treatment plan that fits your budget. You can also share what is most important to you in terms of treatment and submit any information you would like your doctor to know before your exam.
What To Expect At Your Orthodontic Consultation
Upon entering the office, you’ll be greeted by our wonderful reception staff and meet with your Treatment Coordinator. Your Treatment Coordinator will take some time to give you an in-depth introduction and overview of the treatment process, answering any preliminary questions you may have and getting to know you, your expectations, and your motivations for starting orthodontic treatment.
Your Treatment Coordinator will take some time to give you an in-depth introduction and overview of the treatment process, answering any preliminary questions you may have and get to know you, your expectations and your motivations for starting orthodontic treatment.
Choosing An Orthodontic Treatment
We truly want to do everything we can to help you make a well-informed decision on your orthodontic treatment, so we’ll take extra time during your first appointment to fully explain your current orthodontic situation and the treatment options available to you. We’ll go over all of the potential treatments that may work for you, including traditional metal braces, clear braces, Invisalign clear aligners, and any supplementary treatments we feel may be necessary. Normally, we can make a decision about treatment and move forward during your first visit, but if you have a particularly complicated case, we may ask to schedule a second Treatment Conference after your orthodontist reviews your records.
Schedule Your Consultation For Orthodontic Treatment
Your first visit is an exciting time as it’s the first step in the orthodontic treatment process – and it marks the beginning of your journey towards a beautiful, healthy new smile. We firmly believe in patient education throughout the treatment process, which is why we will always speak openly and transparently about your current situation and the options available to you. If you’d like to start the orthodontic journey for yourself, we’d be thrilled to help you.
Whether you choose braces, Invisalign, or any other treatment we offer, your orthodontic treatment will be temporary – but the benefits of a new smile will last a lifetime.
Frequently Asked Questions:
The consultation typically lasts about 45 minutes.
The first 15 minutes of the consultation is dedicated to taking full orthodontic records including photos and x-rays at no charge which will assist our orthodontists in planning you or your child’s treatment.
During the next 30 minutes you will meet our orthodontist and have a 1-on-1 discussion with our treatment coordinator about possible orthodontic treatments. During this time, you will have the opportunity to discuss any orthodontic and dental problems you may be concerned about.
There are 5 essential questions that we will cover during the consultation:
- Is there an orthodontic problem, and if so, what is it?
- What treatment options are available to you to correct the problem? (i.e. braces, Invisalign, expander, etc.)
- What is the estimated length of treatment?
- What is the total cost of treatment?
- What payment options are available?
No, the consultation is completely FREE. This includes an examination, all photos and x-rays (orthodontic records), and a 30 minute consultation with our treatment coordinators and orthodontists.
We want you to be completely comfortable and well-informed in your decision making process.
There are no hidden fees. The entire consultation, including all photos, x-rays and the assessment by our orthodontist are completely free.
The cost of your treatment will vary depending on your specific dental requirements. Once we complete a new patient exam and create a treatment plan for you, you will meet with a treatment coordinator to discuss the costs and payment plans available to you. We will work with you to create a payment plan that is tailored to your needs and budget.
Yes! Kindly give us a call and we will try our best to accommodate you. If our schedule permits, we may be able see multiple family members back to back.
Of course! Second opinions are welcome! We hope that at the end of the consultation, you are educated, informed and able to make the best decision for you and your family.
Our services are provided by orthodontists. Orthodontists are dentists who, after finishing 4 years of dental school, then went to orthodontic school for another 3 years for extensive training with braces, Invisalign, expanders, bite correction appliances, etc. The only thing our doctors do – all day, every day – is straighten teeth! Our orthodontists will straighten teeth on hundreds of patients per year and thousands of patients in their lifetime.
On the contrary, most general dentists don’t do any orthodontics. The few that do treat only a handful of cases per year, and usually these cases are very simple cases (ie. retreatment of a patient who previously had braces but stopped wearing their retainers and teeth shifted slightly).
Orthodontics is something you only want to go through and pay for once, so trust your smile to a specialist 🙂
If you are in need of treatment, an orthodontist will recommend an appliance specific to your dental needs. Some of the treatment options available include: traditional braces, clear braces and Invisalign.
Treatment times vary depending on your specific course of treatment, but with the new cutting-edge technology, the average treatment time is 18-24 months.
Brush your teeth by using a regular soft toothbrush. Brush down from the top and then up from the bottom on each tooth; always brushing away from your gums. Use a gentle sawing motion to work the floss on each side of the two teeth the floss is between. Be careful not to pull with too much force around the archwire.
That varies per patient but there is new technology that uses memory shape, heat activated wires that work without needing painful adjustments, decreasing the amount of office visits necessary to complete treatment. The average time between visits can range from 8-10 weeks. As you come close to finishing treatment, the doctor may want to see you more often, typically between 4-6 weeks during your last few months, to fine tune your final tooth movements.