First Visit

We are always excited about meeting new patients during their first visit to our office. Your initial appointment will consist of a thorough examination and a discussion of potential treatment options. This important 60-minute visit will give us insight into your orthodontic needs. We know your time is valuable, so to expedite treatment, we may also reserve time following the exam for diagnostic records. The records include X-rays, photos and impressions for study models and are necessary for developing the appropriate treatment plan. This additional appointment will last approximately 15 to 30 minutes.

During the initial examination for each patient, 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?
  • How long will treatment take?
  • How much will it cost?
  • What are my payment options?

While we can often answer these general questions about treatment during the initial examination, we will address specific areas after careful analysis of the diagnostic records. We feel it is important to analyze each patient's specific needs, because in-depth planning leads to superior results and higher patient satisfaction.

We will discuss treatment options, time frames and financial arrangements. We insist that our patients leave the office with a clear understanding of their specific needs, what the treatment will consist of and how long it will take. Also, we will answer any additional questions.

If you have orthodontic insurance, pleas assist us by bringing your insurance card. By providing this information at the first visit, we will be able to give you an estimate of your costs.


Tammy Krogh: Great staff and expertise like none other!! I very highly recommend Drake Orthodontics!

Sharon Loudenburg: The Drs. Drake is the best,  most professional, and yet friendliest place to get your kids (or your own) teeth straightened.

Alyssa Kyler:  If I had kids I would definitely bring them here.  The staff are all friendly they go out of their way for their patients.  Thanks, DR DRAKE for everything!:)

Nicki McMillin: My daughter has been coming to see the Drs. Drake  since 1st grade, is now in 6th grade, and is getting close to the time of having her braces off.  We have been so pleased with the professional care that we have recieved as well as the prompt attention given to any problems that may arise.  Sounds like my son may need orthodontic services at some point in the near future and you can be sure that we will see Drake Orthodontics!