First Visit

We look forward to meeting you at your first visit to our office. During this time, we will help you get acquainted with our office and learn about your orthodontic treatment. We understand that each patient’s orthodontic treatment is different, and we promise to give you the personal attention you deserve. Your first orthodontic visit will consist of an examination and discussion of potential treatment options. This important visit will address your orthodontic needs to determine if this is the proper time to begin treatment. All patients under 18 years of age need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian for their first visit.

After we have evaluated your records, we conduct a treatment consultation to explain all aspects of your treatment in detail. We will provide a complete clinical diagnosis regarding the nature of the problem, a written summary of the findings and a detailed plan that outlines your treatment, goals and estimated fees. We encourage questions from both the patient and the parent, and as such, we provide ample time to answer your questions.

Getting Your Treatment Started

Your orthodontic requirements will be determined during an initial examination. At that time, Dr. Anderson will discuss your orthodontic problems and the treatment needed to correct them. We'll also talk about the fee range, length of treatment and other factors affecting your treatment.

We will recommend a diagnostic exam. It will include Digital X-rays, Cast Impressions of Your Teeth, and Taking Facial/Oral Photographs.


After the results have been reviewed and the best course of action is determined, your treatment will be explained in more detail – how long you will need to wear braces, the importance of your cooperation, the total cost, your payment schedule and other matters.

If you have cavities or other dental problems requiring treatment, they must be corrected by your dentist before we proceed. Dental check-ups at least every four to six months are required during your orthodontic treatment.

Making Room in Your Mouth

In some cases, additional dental treatment is necessary before we can begin orthodontic treatment. This may involve tooth extraction to make room for the straightening process. In a few cases, if, upon X-ray analysis, a significant discrepancy of your upper and lower jaw is discovered, maxillofacial surgery may be required as part of the correction of your skeletal and dental problems. Of course, Dr. Anderson will discuss such possibilities with you before treatment begins.

As the mouth matures, certainly conditions may develop that require special attention. The periodontal structures (gums and bone around the teeth) sometimes need attention before, during and after treatment. The TMJ (joint that hinges the jaws together) can develop clicking and pain – and may even require special testing and therapy before orthodontics is initiated.

Anderson Orthodontics

  • Suffolk Office - 2490 Pruden Blvd., Suffolk, VA 23434 Phone: 757-934-3000
  • Franklin Office - 1301 Armory Dr., Franklin, VA 23851 Phone: 757-934-3000

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