What to Expect at Your Orthodontic Consultation

Considering orthodontic treatment but not sure where to start? At Vivid Orthodontics, we understand that embarking on this journey can be intimidating. That’s why we offer a comprehensive consultation to help you understand your options and feel confident about your decision. Here’s what you can expect during your initial visit with us:

Diagnostic Records

The visit will begin with one of our treatment coordinators taking a set of photos and X-rays. These will help our doctors diagnose what treatment, if any, is necessary.

We take two X-rays in our office: a panoramic X-ray and a cephalometric X-ray. A panoramic X-ray shows all of the teeth, jaws, joints, and surrounding structures. It also allows our orthodontist to assess if there are any missing, extra, or impacted teeth. A cephalometric X-ray offers a side view of the entire skull, which will be utilized to view the relationship between the upper and lower jaws and evaluate the airway for any obstruction or constriction.

The series of photos is taken with a digital camera and will include different views of the face and teeth.


Next, you’ll meet with one of our experienced orthodontists, Dr. Maslowski or Dr. Michel. This initial meeting is all about getting to know you and understanding your orthodontic needs. Feel free to ask any questions you have about the process, potential treatments, or even the orthodontist’s experience and qualifications. Our goal is to make you feel comfortable and informed.

The orthodontist will complete a comprehensive exam where they will look for any issues, including overbites, underbites, crowding, spacing, and more. They will also look at the X-rays and photos taken to determine if any deciduous (baby) teeth remain, check the eruption progress of the permanent teeth, and make sure there are no issues with the jaws, facial structure, or airways.

Discussing Treatment Options

Based on the examination and imaging results, the orthodontist will discuss potential treatment options with you. Whether you’re a candidate for traditional braces, clear aligners like Invisalign, or another type of orthodontic appliance, we’ll explain each option in detail. We’ll go over how they work, the estimated duration of treatment, and the expected outcomes.

If you decide to proceed with treatment, we will create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. We believe in transparency, so we’ll make sure you fully understand every aspect of your treatment plan.

Financial Consultation

During your consultation, our team will provide a detailed breakdown of the costs involved and discuss payment options. We offer flexible payment plans and can assist with insurance claims to make your orthodontic treatment more affordable.

Next Steps

If you’re ready to start your orthodontic journey, we’ll schedule your first appointment. If you need more time to think about your options, that’s perfectly fine too. We’re here to support you every step of the way, whether you decide to begin treatment immediately or take some time to consider your choices.

At Vivid Orthodontics, we are committed to providing exceptional care in a comfortable and welcoming environment. Our team of skilled professionals uses the latest technology and techniques to ensure you achieve the best possible results. From the moment you walk through our doors to the completion of your treatment, we strive to make your experience as smooth and pleasant as possible.

Interested in setting up your orthodontic consultation? Contact our Appleton office at 920-739-2400, our Oshkosh location at 920-231-4922, or visit our website to schedule online. We proudly serve patients throughout the Fox Valley area, including Oshkosh, Appleton, Neenah, Menasha, Little Chute, Grand Chute, Greenville, Fox Crossing, and Kaukauna.

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