First orthodontic visit

Starting an orthodontic journey that will improve your oral health and give you a healthier, straighter smile is exciting! But treatment is also a big commitment, and it’s not uncommon to find yourself feeling a little nervous about the unknown. At McGrory Orthodontics, it’s important to us that you feel confident in your choice to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted through orthodontic treatment, and the first step in that process is scheduling an orthodontic evaluation with us. This initial consultation is one of the most important appointments you’ll have, and we do our best to make it a stress-free experience for you. Keep reading below to find out what you can expect from this first orthodontic visit!

The first step towards a straighter smile  

Whether your appointment is at our Bellaire or Pearland office, you’ll receive a warm welcome and a quick tour to help you feel comfortable before your first time in the orthodontist chair. One of our doctors will then perform a thorough oral examination to evaluate your need for orthodontic care and determine the best treatment option. After this exam is complete, we’ll make diagnostic records, including medical and dental history and photos of your face and teeth. We’ll also take a few X-rays to evaluate the bone health, structure, and position of your teeth, and do an iTero optical scan (instead of messy impressions that can make you gag!)

The information in these records is then used to develop a customized treatment plan for you. We also use them to track the progress of your teeth as they move under orthodontic care. Because treatment is a substantial investment of your time and finances, we want to ensure you understand each step of the orthodontic process as we go. We never want you to feel rushed or like your questions and concerns aren’t answered! Once we’ve evaluated all the available information, we’ll sit down with you and discuss:

  • any orthodontic issues we find
  • what treatment options we have available to correct the problem
  • an estimate of how long we expect your treatment to take
  • the total expected cost of treatment
  • any payment or financing options we have available to you

We analyze the specific needs of each patient we see, and our doctors will create a personalized treatment plan for you that is based on your unique smile, lifestyle, and goals. With this approach, we’re able to consistently produce superior results that our patients are proud of!

Investing in a healthier smile

After you’ve decided on a treatment plan, we’ll walk you through the investment needed for your new smile. Because every patient has their own specific needs and responds to treatment in their own way, the total costs will always vary from case to case. We’ll ensure that you understand all the associated costs before we proceed any further with the treatment process.

Investing in your orthodontic health has many benefits, and we believe in providing high-quality care for patients of all ages with affordable treatment options that work with every budget. That’s why we offer a variety of payment options! If you choose to pay your treatment in full at the time of services, a courtesy discount will be credited to your account. If you plan to pay over time, we offer payment plans with 0% financing. Most orthodontic insurances are accepted here, and we can file the insurance on your behalf to help you get the most out of your coverage.

The next steps

Once your consultation is complete, we’ll schedule an appointment for you to receive your new orthodontic appliance. You’ll be scheduled for follow-up appointments every 6-12 weeks or so throughout the process, depending on the type of treatment. During these appointments, our doctors will adjust your appliance if necessary, and check that your treatment is progressing according to the plan they’ve laid out for your smile.

These visits are part of your orthodontic treatment, so it’s important that you don’t skip them. We understand that life happens, though! We do our best to make sure appointments are scheduled for a day and time that’s convenient for you, but we know that things can come up where you’re running late or can’t make your appointment. If this occurs, we simply ask that you let us know as soon as possible. This way we can reschedule your appointment so your treatment doesn’t fall behind.

Get the smile you deserve at McGrory Orthodontics

Studies have shown that your smile is the first thing people notice about you, and the feature they’re most likely to remember, too. That’s why it’s so important to trust your orthodontic health to an expert. At McGrory Orthodontics, we have four experienced orthodontists with many years of experience between them, as well as a talented team of technicians, coordinators, and assistants. You aren’t just another orthodontic case to us here, and our patients really do feel like family. You’ll never receive cookie-cutter care from our practice!

We have a commitment to top-quality care here and work hard to provide you with a positive, rewarding, and relaxing orthodontic experience. Our state-of-the-art office, cutting-edge technology, and individualized approach give patients five-star service in Bellaire, Pearland, and the surrounding communities. We’d love to give you a beautiful smile that stands out from the crowd, so give us a call today to schedule your free consultation visit with us, and let’s get started!