Our greatest goal is to give you the healthy, straight, beautiful smile that you've 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 that your orthodontic care is as rewarding as possible. Our practice utilizes the latest technology, offering 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. During your initial consultation, we will:
- Review your dental and medical history forms
- Provide a complete oral exam, with X-rays, to determine whether treatment is necessary
- Help you create a customized treatment plan
- Discuss all financial information, insurance options, and payment plans
Our team will be glad to answer any questions you may have, and we will provide all of the information that you need to determine which treatment is right for you. Please contact our practice to schedule your initial consultation.
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 first appointment and your doctor will place your new orthodontic appliance. This appointment generally takes about an hour, and during this time our team will be available to make sure that you are as comfortable as possible.
Visiting the orthodontist about every four to eight weeks is an important part of your orthodontic treatment. Our practice will work with you to make sure that your appointments are as convenient as possible. When scheduling appointments, please let us know what 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 friendly scheduling coordinator will assist you. We're looking forward to working with you.
Visiting the dentist during orthodontic treatment
It is very important that you continue to visit your family dentist once every six months, even during your orthodontic treatment, for teeth cleanings and routine dental checkups. If extra dental care is needed, we will be happy to coordinate with your family dentist to make sure that you are receiving the best care possible.
Office Hours and Appointment Policy
Realizing that your time is valuable, we do our best to stay on time, and we ask that you extend the same courtesy to us and to our other patients by arriving for appointments on time. We reserve the right to reschedule late arrivals.
SEPTEMBER THROUGH MID-JUNE:
Monday: 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 7:30AM - 3:30 PM
MID-JUNE THROUGH AUGUST:
Monday: 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 1:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Friday: 7:30AM – 1:00PM
Please be aware that some long appointments need to be scheduled in the morning hours.
REPAIRS/EMERGENCIES: It may be necessary to come in during school / work hours for emergencies. Please call ASAP and we will try to evaluate over the phone. Some “emergencies” can wait until your next appointment; others need to be addressed ASAP. IMPORTANT: Notify the office if anything is broken, even if you have an upcoming appointment, so that we can allot more time for fixing.
- Keep in mind our appointments are normally scheduled 6 weeks in advance, therefore, any reschedules or missed appointments may result in waiting several weeks for another available appointment.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO ADHERE TO THE APPOINTMENT SCHEDULING THAT DR. WALTER AND DR. MURDOCH HAVE SET UP. IF NOT PROPERLY SUPERVISED, APPLIANCES CAN ADVERSELY MOVE TEETH, CAUSE DAMAGE TO TEETH OR GUMS, OR LENGTHEN TREATMENT TIME.
PLEASE PHONE THE OFFICE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE IF YOU MUST CHANGE OR CANCEL AN APPOINTMENT OR IF YOU ARE HAVING A PROBLEM. Please leave a message if we are closed. Thank you for your cooperation.