Your First Visit
Welcome to McSweeney Orthodontics! We are excited to meet you!
Your initial appointment will give us insight into your orthodontic needs. We manage your visit differently, depending upon your age.
For children to age 18, a parent or legal guardian and the patient will be present at this appointment. We know your time is valuable, so during this hour-long appointment, we take the X-rays and photos necessary to develop an appropriate treatment plan for you.
During your initial examination, please ask questions! If orthodontic treatment is needed, we’re here to help you understand how Dr. McSweeney plans to enhance your smile.
Common questions include:
- How will orthodontics improve my smile, bite, and overall health?
- Is treatment needed now or should we wait 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?
It is vital to us that our patients leave the office with a clear understanding of their specific needs, what the treatment will consist of, and how long it is expected to take. It’s also important for us to have lots of fun along the way!
For adults, aged 19-99: you will also meet with our Treatment Coordinator and Dr. McSweeney for a consultation. Dr. McSweeney will review your health history, conduct an exam and check for issues present, including periodontal issues. Adult cases often need to be studied in more detail than those of children. (See our section on About Ortho -> For All Ages) For this reason, a $175 fee is charged for all adult exams and consultations-- this fee will be credited toward your treatment payments for braces or Invisalign.
Please complete your Health History form prior to your first appointment. You will find it in the welcome email we send you as well as in the Patient Forms section of this website. It is important to us that we are as prepared as possible for your visit-- this means our Doctor reviews your health information, our team checks your insurance information, and we request any necessary records or XRAYs, if available, from your dentist. We will be unable to see you if you do not have this information completed at least 24 hours prior to your appointment.