Once your medical and dental history is reviewed, Dr. Stackhouse will complete a comprehensive examination of your teeth, jaws and facial muscles. During this examination he will determine:
- If orthodontic treatment is necessary
- The best time to initiate orthodontic treatment
- The length of time for treatment
If Dr. Stackhouse feels that orthodontic treatment is needed at this time, an appointment for orthodontic diagnostic records may be arranged. These diagnostic records enable Dr. Stackhouse to make a definitive diagnosis. Approximately two to three weeks after the diagnostic records are obtained, and as soon as any necessary dental work is completed (cleaning, fillings, extractions, etc.), we will schedule an appointment to begin treatment.
The appointment when you get your appliances (braces, expanders, etc.) usually takes 1 to 2 hours. You'll then see us at regular intervals 4 to 10 weeks apart for an adjustment, which takes 20 to 40 minutes. Patients are seen by appointment only. We make every effort to be on time for our patients and ask that you extend the same courtesy to us. If you cannot keep an appointment, please notify us immediately.
Payment & Office Policies
The cost of treatment depends on the severity of the patient's problem. You will be able to discuss fees and payment options before treatment begins. We have several payment plans to suit different budgets. We work hard to make orthodontics affordable.
In an effort to keep orthodontic fees down while maintaining the highest level of professional care, we have established this financial policy:
- To fit your individual needs, financial arrangements can be made to extend your payments over a period of months.
- For your convenience, we accept payment by pre-authorized debit, Visa and Mastercard.
The contract for financial responsibility will be between the patient (or parent) and our office. We will be happy to fill out orthodontic insurance forms in order that financial reimbursement can be made to you by your insurance company. (The amount depends on your plan.)