Your First Visit

We are always excited about meeting new patients during their first visit to our office.

Linda J. Krebs, DDS, PhD

19 Fletcher Street
Chelmsford, MA 01824

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Your initial appointment will consist of a thorough examination and a discussion of potential treatment options. In many cases, we will take photos of your face and teeth and a digital x-ray (unless it is deemed unnecessary at this time), so that we can more easily review the findings with you. This important visit will give us insight into your orthodontic needs.
In the event that treatment is recommended, the following step is full orthodontic records. We know your time is valuable, so to expedite treatment, we may also reserve time following the exam for these diagnostic records. The records include X-rays, photos and a digital scan of your teeth (no more impressions). These records will be analyzed by the orthodontist to develop the appropriate individualized treatment plan. The entire visit, if a consultation and full orthodontic records are taken may last up to 90 minutes.

During the initial examination for each patient, we will address the following questions that cover the basics of orthodontic treatment. We encourage you to ask questions as well.

  • Is there a condition that orthodontics can address?
  • Is treatment needed now or should treatment be delayed until appropriate growth, tooth eruption or other factors have occurred?
  • Some basic treatment information will be provided.
  • Do any primary or permanent teeth need to be removed?
  • How long will treatment take?
  • How much will it cost?
  • What are my payment options?

While we can often answer these general questions about treatment during the initial examination, we will address specific areas 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.

In most cases, we are able to review the specifics of treatment and begin initiation of treatment at the visit following the records appointment. However, in some cases, either due to the complexity of the case or the needs of the patient or family, an additional treatment discussion will be scheduled after the full treatment plan is formulated, in order to discuss treatment options, time frames and financial arrangements in more depth. 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. Also, we will answer any additional questions.

Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your first visit:

  • Any panoramic X-ray taken within the past six months.
  • If you have orthodontic insurance, bring your insurance card. By providing this information at the first visit, we will be able to give you an estimate of your costs.
Tel: 978-256-8531

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