First Visit

20.jpgAt Stratford Orthodontics, our goal is to give you the healthy, beautiful smile that you have always wanted. 

We look forward to having you join our orthodontic family!

Every smile starts with an Initial Consultation!

First Visit (Initial Consultation)

We are always excited about meeting new patients during their first visit to our office. Your Initial Consultation appointment will consist of a thorough orthodontic examination and a discussion of potential treatment options. This important 30 to 60 minute visit will give us insight into your orthodontic concerns and needs.

During the Initial Consultation we will address the following questions that cover the basics of orthodontic treatment. We encourage you to ask questions as well.

  • Is there a condition that orthodontics can address?
  • Is treatment needed now or should treatment be delayed until appropriate jaw growth, tooth eruption or other factors have occurred?
  • What treatment procedures can be used to correct the problem?
  • Is there the possibility that permanent teeth need to be removed?
  • Approximately how long will treatment take?
  • What is the fee range for orthodontic treatment?
  • What are my payment options?

We encourage all decision makers to be present at the Initial Consultation appointment in order to receive the ultimate benefit of this visit. All questions from both responsible parties can then be answered appropriately.

While we can often answer these general questions about treatment during the initial examination, we will address specific areas after careful analysis of the diagnostic records. We feel it is important to analyze each patient's specific needs, because in-depth planning leads to superior results and higher patient satisfaction.

Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your first visit:

  • If you have orthodontic insurance, please bring your insurance information. By providing this at the first visit, we will have the appropriate information in order to send a Pre Determination to your insurance carrier.

Orthodontic Diagnostic Records

The next step to achieving your beautiful smile is the Orthodontic Diagnostic Records appointment.

This will include our dental assistants obtaining digital orthodontic X-rays, digital photos (of the teeth and face) and digital dental scan of your teeth (in order to create dental study models). These Orthodontic Diagnostic Records are necessary for Dr. Redigonda and Dr. Anderson to develop an appropriate individualized orthodontic treatment plan.

We know your time is valuable, so to expedite treatment (and save one visit), we can reserve time on the same day of the Initial Consultation in order to complete our Orthodontic Diagnostic Records.

If you would not like to have the Orthodontic Diagnostic Records taken on the same day as the Initial Consultation, then we will gladly schedule an appointment at a future date.

Final Treatment Plan Consultation

Following the orthodontic records visit, Dr. Redigonda and Dr. Anderson need time to analyze the information, so a separate Final Consultation visit will be scheduled.  At this appointment we will discuss your orthodontic concerns, treatment options, length of treatment, risks and limitations of treatment, and financial arrangements. We insist that our patients leave the office with a clear understanding of their specific orthodontic needs, what the treatment will consist of and how long it will take. This visit is meant to encourage dialogue so there will be plenty of time to answer any questions you may have.  We strongly encourage that all decision makers be present for the Final Consultation appointment.  We find that each responsible party may have different treatment and financial questions, and this will allow us to address and answer these concerns properly.

The appointment to begin orthodontic treatment may be scheduled at the conclusion of the Final Consultation visit.

What happens after the Final Consultation?

After your Final Consultation, our Scheduling Coordinator will schedule the appropriate appointments in order to start orthodontic treatment.  Placing your braces generally takes 1-2 hours and our team will ensure that you are as comfortable as possible.  Oral hygiene instructions and expectations will be thoroughly reviewed at this visit.

Due to the time required to place the braces, this appointment is scheduled during work or school hours.  Parents are welcome to stay in the office for the duration of their child's appointment, but are free to run errands if desired.

Adjustment Appointments

For the success of your orthodontic treatment, it is necessary that Dr. Redigonda and Dr. Anderson see you at regular intervals.  These adjustment appointments are usually 20 minutes in length and will be scheduled every 4-8 weeks depending on the orthodontic mechanics and tooth movements required.

We respect your busy lives, school and work schedules.  Every effort will be made to accommodate you for these adjustment appointments during non-school or non-work hours.  However, at times, it may be necessary to schedule these appointments during the day.

Taking Braces Off -- Debonding Appointments

This is the most exciting part of orthodontic treatment!  We enjoy the look on our patient's faces once they see their beautiful new smile.  These two visits (one visit to take impressions in order to fabricate your retainers and one visit to remove the braces 1 week later) are scheduled during the day.  Your retainers will help maintain your new amazing smile!

It is very important for your treatment success to not miss your appointments and to be on time for your visits.  We take pride in our ability to respect patients and parents busy lives and we strive to be on time for all scheduled appointments.  We understand that "things happen" and when they do, please give us the courtesy of a phone call and we will do everything we can to accommodate you.

If you need to check on your appointment time, you can login in to our website in the "Patient Login" section or call the office.  We will send appointment reminders via telephone, email, or text messaging, so please provide this information when you are in our office.

Visiting your dentist during orthodontic treatment

It is very important to continue to visit your general dentist on a regular basis (every 6 months for children/adolescents, and every 3 months for adults) for dental cleanings and routine dental check ups.  If additional dental work is required, we will be happy to coordinate this with your family dentist to make sure that you are receiving the best care possible.