Your First Visit
On your first visit with me I would like to get to know you and your children and I will listen very carefully. My goal is to understand your concerns are and present to you what is possible in meeting your need’s, so you can make the best choices for yourself or your family. Your initial appointment is thorough. All choices of care will be explained. Please assist us by providing the following information prior to or at the time of your first visit:
- Any x-rays (if applicable)
- A list of medications you are presently taking (if applicable)
- If you have medical or dental insurance, bring the necessary completed forms. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.
- Completed online or printed patient registration and medical/dental history forms.
Please alert the office if you have a medical condition that may be of concern or if you are on any medication.
Appointments Required for Orthodontic Treatment
- 1st Appointment: The Consultation Appointment: You will be asked to complete a patient data/history form prior to seeing the doctor. The usual duration of this appointment is 15 minutes.
- 2nd Appointment: Observation Appointment: If, during the consultation the Doctor determines that the patient is not ready for braces, he may schedule the next appointment for 3, 6, or 12 month intervals in the future. He will do this in order to observe the patients’ development. Sometimes during this appointment the Doctor may need to take a panoramic radiograph, CDT code D0330. The usual duration of this appointment is 5 to 15 minutes. Once the patients’ development has matured, the Doctor will then schedule the Records Appointment.
- 3rd Appointment: The Records Appointment: This is a mandatory pre-orthodontic treatment procedure. It involves taking radiographs, photographs and an impression of the patients’ teeth CDT codes D0330, D0340, D0470. The usual duration of this appointment is 20 minutes.
- 4th Appointment: Treatment Presentation Appointment: With the patient/parent the Doctor reviews his findings of the processed records and discusses his treatment plan. A fee for the treatment is also determined during this time. There is no fee for the Treatment Presentation. The usual duration of this appointment is 15-30 minutes. Within a few days after the Treatment Presentation, you should receive via mail an “Orthodontic Treatment/Payment Agreement.” This agreement will need to be signed and returned to the Office as per the instructions. Dr. King does not begin treatment on any patient whose Agreement has not been signed and returned to the office before or on the day the actual treatment begins.
- 5th Appointment: Appliance Placement or Bonding Appointment: At this appointment that appliance is to be placed on the patient. The Doctor usually allocates one hour for this procedure. Hence, it is important that you please be on time. Bonding appointments are on weekdays only. It is during this appointment that you will be required to make an initial down payment towards the treatment fee. The initial down payment due would have been indicated in the “Orthodontic Treatment/Payment Agreement.” If you are unsure of the amount due, please call Mrs. Marshall at (718-230-5050). Dr. King does not do extractions, if you or you child need extractions you will need to see an Oral Surgeon or Dentist for this procedure. Fees for Biteplates and Palate Expanders are additional and are not included in the cost of the braces CDT code D8220, for braces D8080, adults D8090. If an X-ray is necessary during treatment there will be a charge.
Not every patient will need or be ready for full braces on the 4th appointment. Some patients, especially children, may need a minor appliance, such as a “Bite-Plate” or a “Trans-Palatial Expander,” prior to braces. Some patients, especially children may not require full or even partial braces. Whatever treatment is appropriate for the patient the Doctor will determine by the 2nd or 3rd appointments.
Orthodontic treatment usually requires that the patient come into the office once per month for follow-up visits. These appointments should be made a month in advance and usually take approximately 10 minutes. At the time of this appointment the monthly payment is expected. Should the patient be unable to keep their appointment it is expected that they call a day in advance, if possible, to cancel and/or reschedule the appointment. We book appointments one month in advance. Therefore, if you must re-schedule your appointment, it may be a month or more to that re-scheduled appointment. However, when the schedule permits, please be assured that we will make all efforts to get the patient in for the next earliest available appointment.
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Park Slope: 131 Sixth Avenue, Brooklyn 11217
Crown Heights: 1302 Carroll Street, Brooklyn 11213
Ph: 718.230.5050; Fax: 718.221.1905
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