First Orthodontic Visit

When you think about it, there are an awful lot of firsts in life. Our first steps, first word, the first time we drive a car, the first time we leave home – the list goes on and on. While these are exciting milestones, they can sometimes leave you feeling a little nervous and apprehensive as well. Here at Rhoads Orthodontics, we understand that choosing to explore orthodontic treatment is a big decision. It is also one that may feel overwhelming, even when it is something you are looking forward to. We believe your first visit with us is also the most important, and we want you to look forward to this initial appointment with excitement! This is our chance to wow you, and make you feel welcome in the fun, friendly atmosphere of our Cranberry Township office as we meet and get to know each other. Here is what else you can expect from your very first orthodontic appointment with Dr. Rhoads!

Taking the first step towards a new smile

It is important to us that our patients feel as though they are part of our family, and not just another number. That starts from the moment you arrive at our practice. One of our treatment coordinators will greet you warmly and give you a tour of the office while answering any questions you may have. We work hard to create an environment that has a personal touch, from our iPad area to the coffee bar. We even feature rotating art exhibits by local artists!

Once this tour is complete, you will be given a complete oral exam, with photographs and x-rays, to determine whether treatment is necessary. The information that comes from reviewing your dental and medical records, your exam, and the x-rays taken will come together to form a complete picture that Dr. Rhoads will use to make a proper diagnosis. She will also use this information to create a customized treatment plan for you. Dr. Rhoads will only recommend the treatment options she feels will be best suited to your particular case.

This initial orthodontic evaluation will generally last about an hour and is completely free. Besides your examination and time with Dr. Rhoads, our team will walk you through what you can expect from the entire orthodontic process, from scheduling appointments to expected treatment times, and anything in between. We appreciate how busy our patients are, but it is also important to us that you have plenty of time to ask questions and discuss all your options without feeling rushed!

Dr. Rhoads with patients

Planning your new smile

During your first visit with us, you will be walked through what you can expect at different stages of the treatment process. We will also let you know more about:

  • how we believe orthodontic treatment will benefit you
  • how long we expect your treatment to take
  • how much your treatment is likely to cost
  • our available payment plans and financing options

After you have discussed your orthodontic options and custom treatment plan with Dr. Rhoads, you will be made aware of the total investment in your smile. Because every smile we treat comes with its own specific needs, the treatment costs will vary on a case-by-case basis. This will be laid out in detail before any treatment ever begins. Our practice accepts most major credit cards and insurance plans, and we are happy to work with you to find a payment plan that fits your budget. Our team will also help you with any insurance claims and paperwork in order to maximize your coverage. We love to create smiles that last forever, and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to receive the orthodontic care you need. We will always do whatever we can to help you find the most comfortable payment option for you and your budget.

The next step on your path to a straighter smile

After your initial consultation with our office, you will be one step closer to achieving the smile you have always wanted! We will schedule an appointment for Dr. Rhoads to place your new orthodontic appliance. This appointment will take about an hour, and during this time, we will be sure to make the process as comfortable as possible. If you find yourself feeling hesitant for any reason, please know that we are happy to answer any remaining questions you have, or talk through any lingering concerns. Rhoads Orthodontics always wants you to feel fully confident in your decision to begin treatment!

Rhoads Orthodontics builds beautiful smiles and great relationships

Your smile is the first thing most people notice about you, and what they are most likely to remember. At Rhoads Orthodontics, it is our priority to design a smile that perfectly fits your face and your personality. We know that this is one of the most important investments you will ever make for yourself, and our team is dedicated to walking you through the process, step-by-step. We will work with you and your family to find the perfect orthodontic solution for the best results, and provide you with nothing less than exceptional personal service and compassionate care.

Dr. Rhoads takes pride in seeing every patient at every appointment. This allows her to address your specific needs in the most efficient manner. Rhoads Orthodontics is committed to providing evidence-based treatment, and we rely on current research and the newest technology to offer the least invasive and most effective treatment options. We do not do cookie cutter care here – our entire team will work to create a treatment plan and orthodontic experience that fits your specific needs, goals, and lifestyle. Everyone says they treat their patients like family, but at Rhoads Orthodontics, we really do! Our patients become part of our extended family, and it is our hope that you will always feel at home in our office.

If you are in Cranberry Township, Mars, Zelienople, Wexford, Baden, or the surrounding areas, and want to learn more about how orthodontics could benefit you or your family, get in touch with us today to schedule your first complimentary orthodontic visit. There has never been a better time to take the first step towards the beautifully aligned smile you deserve!