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Take Your First Step to a Radiant Smile

Let’s embark on this journey toward your complete oral health together. Your initial appointment is an opportunity for us to get to know you and understand your dental needs. We’re here to discuss any concerns, answer your questions, and create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs and goals.

What to Expect on Your First Visit?

Get ready for a warm welcome and personalized care as you step into Lucas Orthodontics for the first time. Upon your arrival, please notify our receptionist. Dr. Albert Lucas will conduct a thorough orthodontic examination and explain all aspects of treatment one-on-one with the patient and their family to answer these questions:
  • What sort of problem is present, if any?
  • When is the proper time to begin treatment?
  • What type of treatment is indicated?>
  • How long will the treatment take?
  • How much will the treatment cost?

What’s Next?

Following the initial examination, if orthodontic treatment is necessary, we’ll schedule an appointment for Diagnostic Records. In some cases, we can even capture these records during your first visit, maximizing your time with us.

What Are Diagnostic Records?

The diagnosis encompasses a comprehensive set of assessments:
  • Study models of your teeth offering a detailed, 3D representation of your dental structure.
  • Panoramic and cephalogram radiographs and tracings for in-depth insights into your oral health and jaw alignment.
Once the records are ready, our doctors study them thoroughly to determine the best course of treatment for you.

The cost of treatment depends upon the severity of the patient’s problem. Our dedicated treatment coordinator will carefully go through the fees and available payment options during the initial examination, especially if treatment is deemed necessary. We offer diverse payment plans tailored to accommodate various budgets and gladly accept most insurance plans. “>We work hard to make orthodontics affordable. Your journey to a confident, radiant smile is our priority, and we’re here to make it both achievable and financially feasible for you.

How Does Assignment of Benefits Work

We accept the assignment of benefits for most insurance plans. By doing this, the family’s out-of-pocket expense is substantially lower. If we do not accept the assignment of benefits from your plan, we will be happy to file claims so that the insured can be reimbursed directly.  Should there be any change in your policy prior to full payment of the insurance benefit, please contact our office immediately so adjustments may be made to your contract.

What Does My Investment Include?

Your investment includes:
  • Orthodontic records consist of X-rays, study models, and a personalized growth study workup to determine your treatment objectives.
  • Active treatment fee for both early treatment options and complete comprehensive treatment with braces or Invisalign including all appliances, office visits, and procedures performed in the office. Appliances are durable and should last through the entire treatment period if the patient follows instructions. If appliances require replacement due to loss, breakage, misuse, or failure to eliminate foods that cause damage, we reserve the right to charge an additional replacement fee.
  • One set of final retainers for our comprehensive (Phase II) patients is provided upon completion of treatment. There is a replacement fee for each additional retainer that is lost or broken.

What Doesn’t My Investment Include?

While our commitment revolves around comprehensive orthodontic care, a few things fall beyond the scope of our standard package:
  • Work performed at other dental offices outside our orthodontic practice.
  • If an accident or injury occurs during treatment that results in TMJ (Temporo-Mandibular-Joint, or your jaw) complications, additional orthodontics, orthognathic surgery, etc., might be necessary to address these unforeseen circumstances.

Our Office Hours

It is our goal to see you on time for your appointment. Time is scheduled to complete the necessary procedure, give information about the treatment, and answer any questions you may have.  In order for us to maintain a schedule that runs in a timely manner, we request that patients arrive on time to avoid delays, as the day progresses. Your cooperation and consideration are greatly appreciated by our office and the patients seen after your appointment.