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Treatment Exam and Consultation

Complimentary Consultation

We are always excited about meeting new patients during their first visit to Ellingsen-Paxton Orthodontics! Your initial appointment is a 70-minute visit which will give us insight into your orthodontic needs. It will consist of photos, an x-ray, and a thorough examination by Dr. Ellingsen or Dr. Paxton. A discussion of orthodontic concerns and potential treatment options will follow.  Our goal is to provide you with as much information as possible, addressing questions such as:

  • Is there a condition that orthodontic treatment can address?
  • Is treatment needed now, or should treatment be delayed until appropriate growth, tooth eruption, or other factors have occurred?
  • What treatment procedures will be used to correct the problem?
  • Do any permanent teeth need to be removed?
  • How long will treatment take?
  • How much will it cost?
  • What are my payment options?

First Orthodontic Visit

Many times we advise that although orthodontic treatment will be necessary in the future, younger patients are not quite ready to begin. These patients are placed in our “Growth and Guidance” program.  We will schedule complimentary checkups to follow growth and tooth eruption to determine the most appropriate time for treatment to be started.

Should orthodontic treatment be indicated additional information will be needed for our doctors to develop the appropriate, individualized treatment plan. This additional information, or diagnostic records, consist of another x-ray and impressions or scan for study models. We know your time is valuable, so we often reserve time following the exam for these records. This will take approximately 15 additional minutes.

In certain cases, an additional consultation appointment will be scheduled to discuss treatment needs after careful analysis of the diagnostic records. We feel it is important to analyze each patient’s specific needs because in-depth planning leads to superior results and higher patient satisfaction. We insist that our patients leave the office with a clear understanding of their specific needs, what the treatment will consist of, and how long it will take. It’s our goal to answer all your questions as well as communicate with your dentist to coordinate overall dental care.

Regular Appointments

The appointment when you get your appliances (braces, expanders, etc.) usually takes from one to two hours. After that you’ll see us at regular intervals every 4 to 8 weeks for adjustments. Adjustments generally take 20 to 40 minutes, depending upon treatment needs. We make every effort to be on time for our patients, and ask that you extend the same courtesy. If you cannot keep an appointment, please notify us 48 hours prior to your appointment. Cancel only if it is an emergency. It may be difficult to reschedule at your preferred time since most appointments are made 4 to 8 weeks in advance.

Our office is unique in having two orthodontists, providing built-in second opinions and two sets of eyes to assure patients receive the best possible orthodontic care. Patients generally see both doctors during their course of treatment.

Financial Options

The cost of treatment depends on the severity of the patient’s problem and length of treatment time.

It is our mission to provide you with affordable, high quality treatment that fits your budget.  We offer a variety of financing options, credit card payments and bank drafts so that we can accommodate your needs while gaining the benefit of a beautiful smile.


If your insurance covers orthodontic treatment, you will receive the benefit of reduced personal costs. Many insurance policies have a lifetime orthodontic benefit, differing from regular dental insurance. Insurance policies and orthodontic coverage vary, but please be assured that we will review your insurance and act as your advocate to help you receive your maximum benefit. Once treatment has started, we will file your claims.

To help us with your insurance filing, please complete the insurance questionnaire. Please remember that orthodontic insurance is a benefit for you or your child. If, during the course of treatment, your benefits change, the financially responsible party is accountable for all charges.

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