Our greatest goal is to give you or your child the healthy, straight, and beautiful smile you have always wanted. We understand that choosing to receive orthodontic care is a big decision, and we respect your reasons for wanting to improve the way you look and feel. Our practice is family oriented, and we treat children and adults of all ages.
Our practice will work with you every step of the way to make sure your orthodontic care is as rewarding as possible. We utilize the latest technology, and offer a variety of safe and gentle treatment options to give you the customized, individual care you deserve.
Every smile starts with an initial examination!
The initial examination will give you the opportunity to meet our team, learn more about orthodontics, receive a complete initial exam, and find out which treatment options will best meet your or your son or daughter’s needs. During your initial exam we will:
- Review dental and medical history forms
- Perform a complete oral exam to determine whether treatment is necessary, and if needed, the best timing of treatment
- Help you understand treatment options
- Discuss all financial information, insurance options, and payment plans
Our team will be glad to answer any questions you may have, and we will provide all the information you need to determine which treatment is right for you. Please contact our practice to schedule your initial examination (925-447-7525).
What happens after the initial examination?
If the patient is a child, many times he or she is not ready for treatment so we place the youngster on a 3-to-6 month recall to monitor growth and development. If you or the patient would benefit from orthodontic treatment at this time, we will schedule two appointments.
The first appointment is a records appointment and takes about 20 to 30 minutes (digital study models, digital X-rays, and photographs). The second appointment is a consultation with Dr. Emrich to review the records and discuss in more detail your potential treatment. We will also review fees, payment options and answer all your questions.
After the consultation with Dr. Emrich, appointments can be scheduled to have your braces or applianes put on.
Visiting our office about every four to eight weeks is an essential part of your orthodontic treatment. Our practice will work with you to make sure your appointments are as convenient as possible. When scheduling appointments, please let us know which days and times work best for you.
We understand that “life happens”! If you’re running late or need to reschedule, please let us know and we will do everything we can to accommodate you. When you’re ready to schedule your first appointment, contact our practice and our friendly scheduling coordinator will assist you. We’re looking forward to working with you.
Visiting the dentist during orthodontic treatment
It is vital that you continue to visit your family dentist once every six months for teeth cleanings and routine dental checkups, even during your orthodontic treatment. If extra dental care is needed, we will be happy to coordinate with your family dentist to make sure you receive the best possible care.