Office Visits

Your First Visit

Our greatest goal is to give you the healthy, straight, and beautiful smile our Apex, Cary, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Morrisville and Raleigh patients and their families have always wanted. We understand that choosing to receive orthodontic care is a big decision, and we respect your reasons for wanting to improve the way you look and feel.

Our practice will work with you every step of the way to make sure your orthodontic care is as rewarding as possible. Our practice utilizes the latest technology, and offers a variety of safe and gentle treatment options to give you the customized, individual care you deserve.

Every Smile Starts with an initial consultation

Your initial consultation will give you the opportunity to meet our team, learn more about orthodontics, receive a complete initial exam, and find out which treatment options will best meet your needs. Our team will be glad to answer any questions you may have, and we will provide all the information you need to determine which treatment is right for you. Please contact our practice to schedule your initial consultation.

During your initial consultation we will:

1. Review

Review your dental and medical history forms

2. Exam

Perform a complete oral exam (with the occasional X-ray) to determine whether treatment is necessary

3. Plan

Help you create a customized treatment plan

4. Discuss

Discuss all financial information, insurance options, and payment plans

What happens after the initial consultation?

You’re one step closer to achieving the smile you’ve always wanted! After your consultation, we will schedule your diagnostic records appointment, which generally takes about 45 minutes.

At this visit, spacers are usually placed so that when you return to our office one to two weeks later, Dr. Altherr and our team can place your braces. That appointment generally takes about 90 minutes.

scheduling appointments

Visiting our office about every four to eight weeks is an essential part of your orthodontic treatment. Our practice will work with you to make sure your appointments are as convenient as possible. When scheduling appointments, please let us know which days and times work best for you.

We understand that “life happens”! If you’re running late or need to reschedule, please let us know and we will do everything we can to accommodate you. When you’re ready to schedule your first appointment, contact our practice and our one of our friendly scheduling coordinators will assist you. We’re looking forward to working with you.

Visiting the dentist during orthodontic treatment

It is vital that you continue to visit your family dentist once every six months for teeth cleanings and routine dental checkups, even during your orthodontic treatment. If extra dental care is needed, we will be happy to coordinate with your family dentist to make sure you receive the best possible care.

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