First Visit

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We look forward to meeting you at your first visit to our dental center office in Mobile. During this time, we will help you get acquainted with our office and learn about your orthodontic treatment. We understand that each patient's orthodontic treatment is different, and we promise to give you the personal attention you deserve. Your first visit will consist of an initial examination and a discussion of your potential treatment options and oral health. This important visit will allow Dr. Donaghey to determine if this is the right time to begin treatment.

During your first visit to our Mobile dental center, 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?
  • Will the dental center take X-rays?
  • How long will treatment take?
  • How much will it cost?
  • What are my payment options?

At your first visit, we will take digital photographs and digital X-rays. Using digital technology allows us to look at the photographs and X-rays together with you immediately. Very often we can give you an outline of necessary treatment, including treatment time and estimated fees, at this visit. In some more complex cases, further diagnostic records are needed before a plan of treatment can be finalized. We encourage questions from both the patient and parents, and as such, we provide ample time to answer your questions regarding your oral health.

Open Communication

We believe that good orthodontic care begins with open communication. We promise to speak candidly with you about our diagnosis and recommendations, any alternative treatments and any symptoms present that may require further treatment. Working together, we can achieve a true partnership, with one common goal – helping you achieve a beautiful, confident smile!