Your First Orthodontic Visit: What To Expect



When you’re ready to discover all the ways orthodontic treatment can benefit you and your family, the first step is a complimentary orthodontic consultation with Dr. DiCiccio in Fresno, CA, and Dr. Freeman in Clovis, CA. There’s no better way to learn what’s available and find out what kind of changes are possible.

The entire consultation takes about an hour. It’s a no-pressure opportunity to see what your needs are, find out about all the latest patient-friendly treatment options, meet with Dr. DiCiccio and Dr. Freeman and see our team in action.

Your First Visit

At your first visit, we ask that you come prepared with your insurance card and forms as well as your Health History forms unless you submitted them on line prior to your appointment. You will be greeted by our one of our staff members and given a tour of the office. Initial paperwork will be completed and a complimentary, no obligation orthodontic exam will be done. During this time, we evaluate many things relating to the face, the smile, the fit of the teeth and the amount of room for all of the teeth. From this initial visit, if a patient is ready for treatment, an appointment for diagnostic records is made.

If a patient is still developing and is not yet ready for treatment, we will recommend the patient be placed into an observation phase where we will follow growth and development to determine the appropriate time for treatment. Often, treatment fees, general payment options and insurance benefits are discussed.

Diagnostic Records and Consultation

Prior to beginning treatment, another appointment is scheduled for diagnostic records. At this appointment, x-rays, photographs and impressions (or molds) of the teeth are taken. This completes the data gathering process and allows for a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan. At the consultation, we will work together to decide on the best course of action to correct your smile.

At DiCiccio Freeman Orthodontics, we use case presentation software which allows you view the steps and appliances involved with your treatment. At the end of your visit, we are able to email the presentation home so if one parent is not able to attend the consultation they are still able to review the same information presented at the office visit. You will also receive a Post Examination packet with additional information.