Your No-Cost Initial Consultation

Your initial consultation process will begin with a phone call to our office or a request for a free consultation through our website. You will be greeted by one of our amazing team members who will gather pertinent information about you and/or your child to schedule your reserved time to meet with Dr. Patel. At that time, you will also be directed to visit OrthoFi.com, the revolutionary new way to accurately verify your insurance benefits and offer the most flexible payment arrangements offered anywhere in the industry. Before you arrive, you will be contacted by our New Patient Treatment Coordinator to confirm your appointment and to prepare you for what to expect.

Upon arrival, you will be warmly welcomed and allowed to get settled into our comforting environment. Our Treatment Coordinator will:

Snacks and refreshments will be available for you and all of your family members so kick back and make yourselves feel at home! Children and siblings love coming to our office because they always have such a great time!

Dr. Patel will review your records with you and discuss all of your desires and concerns. Please feel comfortable asking as many questions as you would like.

One of the following outcomes will be determined at this visit:

No treatment is needed.
Treatment is needed, but not at this time. Your child will be automatically placed on a complimentary 6 month recall.
Treatment is needed at this time.

If Dr. Patel and his team determine that you are ready for treatment, we have reserved time for you to start either the same day or very soon thereafter. We appreciate and value the time you have taken to visit us and will gladly offer you the opportunity to start immediately if you so desire.

What Happens After the Initial Consultation?

You’re one step closer to achieving the smile you’ve always wanted! After confirming your financial arrangements, we will schedule your first appointment and introduce you to one of our highly skilled assistants. Dr. Patel and his assistant will then review the steps of placing your new braces onto your teeth with the aid of our interactive animation videos. After about 60-90 minutes, you will be transformed into a new member of the family of patients in our practice. If you choose Invisalign, your first step is to simply capture your iTero digital scan of our teeth and we’ll electronically send off your case to be fabricated. Once we receive your aligners in the mail, we will schedule your first aligner delivery visit and review wear instructions and guidelines.

OrthoFi is a revolutionary way to provide our patients with the most comprehensive and flexible payment options. Rather than being directed into a specific payment plan, OrthoFi allows you to customize your down payment, monthly payments and length of term. Most offices will not extend payment terms beyond the treatment time but OrthoFi now makes it possible for just about anyone to afford braces and achieve the smile they’ve always wanted.

The cost of your orthodontic treatment will vary depending on your individual needs and treatment plan. Our staff will discuss with you the cost of your treatment and each available payment plan option, so that you can make the best choice for you and your smile. We will work with you to create a payment plan that fits your budget, and you will know what to expect before beginning treatment.

To find out more, please visit OrthoFi.

For most people, achieving a healthy, beautiful smile is the reason for receiving orthodontic care. If you’re self-conscious about your smile, correcting your concerns with braces will greatly improve the way you look and feel. When your treatment is complete, you will have the smile you’ve always dreamed of and the confidence to show it off! We also want you to feel comfortable and confident throughout your entire orthodontic experience, and our practice is dedicated to making sure that you receive the quality care you deserve.

How Orthodontic Treatment Works

Orthodontic appliances are made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. They may be removable or they may be brackets bonded to the teeth. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces slowly move teeth to the proper position. Gone are the days when a metal band with a bracket was placed around each tooth. Wires are far less noticeable, and the latest materials are designed to move teeth faster with more comfort. Today, any age is a great age to wear braces!

Duration of Treatment

Dr. Patel takes great pride in completing your treatment as efficiently as possible. Treatment time typically averages between 9-12 months for our Phase One treatments and between 12-18 months for our Phase Two and Comprehensive treatments. Invisalign cases will have a much broader range between 6-18 months, depending primarily on patient compliance and the complexity of treatment. A big factor in a speedy and successful treatment is you! The more involved and diligent you are, the more efficient your treatment will be. For children, receiving Phase One treatment can help provide a quicker and less difficult treatment in Phase Two. Before beginning your orthodontic care, Dr. Patel will discuss all of your options and provide an estimate for how long your full treatment may take.

Scheduling Appointments

We understand your time is valuable and so we make the most of each visit to our office. We will typically see you once every 8-12 weeks initially and then shorten those intervals toward the end as we are detailing and finishing. We will make every effort to accommodate your busy schedule and understand that life can throw sudden curveballs into your daily routine. If you need to reschedule an appointment, we ask that you kindly and promptly inform us so that we can make your time available to another patient. It is important that your appointments are kept regularly and that cancellations are kept to a minimum to ensure a smooth and timely treatment outcome.

Home Care Instructions

Now that you have your braces, it’s important for you to know how to properly take care of them throughout your entire orthodontic treatment. Don’t worry, you’ll be eating popcorn and snacking on potato chips again in no time! However, before you can start enjoying some of the treats you love, you will need to take special care to avoid any foods that could damage your new appliances.

Foods to avoid with braces:
  • Chewy foods — bagels, licorice
  • Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, ice
  • Sticky foods — caramel candies, chewing gum
  • Hard foods — nuts, hard candies
  • Foods that require biting into — corn on the cob, apples, carrots
Foods you CAN eat with braces:
  • Dairy — soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks
  • Breads — soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins without nuts
  • Grains — pasta, soft cooked rice
  • Meats/poultry — soft cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
  • Seafood — tuna, salmon, crab cakes
  • Vegetables — mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, beans
  • Fruits — applesauce, bananas, fruit juice
  • Treats — ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, soft cake

Soreness Caused From Braces and Appliances

When you first get your braces, you may notice that your teeth and mouth feel a little tender or sore. This is perfectly normal and we promise your mouth will not be sore forever! To relieve the pain, we recommend dissolving one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water. Swish and gargle this solution in your mouth for just a couple of minutes (do not swallow the saltwater). If the pain is more severe and does not go away after rinsing, you can also try taking a pain reliever. It is also not uncommon for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become used to the braces. We would be happy to give you some wax that you can put over the braces to lessen the tenderness. If you need some wax, please let us know.

Loose Teeth

If your teeth begin feeling a little loose, don’t worry; this is normal! Your braces must first loosen your teeth to move them into the right position. Once your teeth have been repositioned, they will firm back up and no longer be loose.

Loose Wires and Bands

The wires and bands on your braces may come loose. If this happens, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can check and repair your appliance. If any piece of your appliance comes off, be sure to save it and bring it to the office with you. You can temporarily fix the loose wire by using the back of a spoon or the eraser end of a pencil to carefully and gently push the wire back into place. If the loose wire is causing irritation to your lips or cheeks, put wax or a wet cotton ball over the broken wire to relieve the pain.

Take Care of Your Braces

Damaged and broken braces can increase the length of your treatment process, so be sure to take care of your investment. Your teeth and jaws can only move into their correct positions if you avoid foods or habits that cause breakage and you consistently wear the rubber bands or other devices prescribed by Dr. Patel.

Playing Sports With Braces

We have great news for athletes! You can still play sports even while undergoing orthodontic treatment! If you do play contact sports like football and lacrosse, it’s highly recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth and braces. Let us know if you need a mouthguard to fit around your braces and we will issue you one at no additional charge! In case of a sports emergency, be sure to immediately check your mouth for damage. If you notice any loose teeth or broken braces, please contact our office right away. You can temporarily relieve the discomfort by applying wax or rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater.