Your First Visit

We are excited and anxious to meet with you and answer your questions during your first visit with us. Your initial appointment will consist of a thorough examination and a discussion of potential treatment options. This important 30 minute screening visit will give us valuable insights into you or your child’s orthodontic needs. We know your time is valuable, so to expedite treatment, we may also reserve time following the exam for diagnostic records to be taken. The records will include x-rays and impressions for study models, and are necessary for developing a detailed treatment plan. This additional appointment is approximately 30 minutes long; however, it is not necessary for parents to be present the entire time. If you would like to run errands or go back to the office we will be happy to call you when your child is ready.

There are several questions that all potential orthodontic patients and parents ask and want answered. During the initial examination for each patient, we will address each questionand provide clear and reasonable answers. Ample time is always allowed for questions to be asked.

  • How can braces help me?
  • Should I get braces now or wait until all the permanent teeth are in?
  • 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?
  • How will I pay for it?

While we can often answer these general questions about what treatment is needed during the initial examination, specific questions will need to be answered after careful analysis of the diagnostic records. We feel it is important to take the time to analyze each patient’s specific needs and feel that this in-depth planning leads to superior results and higher patient satisfaction.

A consultation visit is scheduled to discuss treatment options, timeframes, and financial arrangements. Our patients leave the office with a clear understanding of their specific needs, with what the treatment will consist of how long it will take. Also, any other questions are answered during this more comprehensive discussion.

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

  • Any panoramic x-ray taken within the past 6 months.
  • If you have orthodontic benefits, bring your insurance card. By providing this information at the first visit we will be able to give you and estimate of your out-of-pocket expense.

New Patient Forms

You may access the following forms to assist us with your care. Please complete the following forms and click the submit button at the bottom of the form:

If you would like to print the forms and bring them in at the time of your appointment you may do so with the following links.


Charleston Office • 163 Rutledge Avenue • Charleston, SC 29403 • 843.577.7140
Moncks Corner Office • 221 First Street • Moncks Corner, SC 29461 • 843.761.8143
North Charleston Office • 7465 Northside Dr, Suite C, • North Charleston, SC 29420 • 843.571.5533