First Visit

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Consultation

We are always excited about meeting new patients during their first visit to our office.

We ask that you fill in the Patient Registration Form and submit it electronically before your visit.  If you do not submit it electronically, please bring a completed copy with you. Click here for the Patient Registration Form.

Your initial appointment will consist of a thorough examination and a discussion of potential treatment options. This important 45-minute visit will give us insight into your orthodontic needs. If no recent X-rays are available from your dentist, a complimentary panorex X-ray will be taken to more accurately evaluate your orthodontic condition. If needed, Dr. Yim may also take impressions of your teeth to determine the optimal treatment plan.  For keiki under age 7, shorter exams consisting of only complimentary panorex X-rays are typically sufficient for Dr. Yim to develop a treatment plan.

During the initial examination for each patient, 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 growth, tooth eruption or other factors have occurred?
  • What treatment procedures will be used to correct the problem?
  • Do any permanent teeth need to be removed?
  • How long will treatment take?
  • How much will it cost?
  • What are my payment options?

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.

If specific concerns need to be addressed with additional analysis of diagnostic records, we will schedule a consultation to discuss these treatment options. We insist that our patients leave the office with a clear understanding of their specific needs, what the treatment will consist of and how long it will take. Also, we will answer any additional questions that you may have.

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

  • Any panoramic X-ray taken within the past six months.
  • If you have orthodontic insurance, bring your insurance card. By providing this information at the first visit, we will be able to give you an estimate of your costs.