Sammamish Orthodontics

Your First Visit

Your First Visit With Us

We strive to make every aspect of our orthodontic treatment hyper-convenient for you, fitting into your busy life.  We customize each one of  our treatment plans to the individual needs and desires of our patients, our goal is to educate you on your options and let you choose your preferred path.  In addition to Invisalign, we also offer traditional braces and a variety of orthodontic appliances.  At your visit we will talk through all of the details of your plan including the cost, length of time, and exactly what to expect during your treatment.

Before Your Appointment

After we get your exam visit scheduled we will email you our new patient forms.  In addition to your health history, you’ll also be able to submit insurance information so we can give you specifics on the cost of treatment.  We have flexible payment terms and will work to find the best option for you!  We’ll also contact your dentist prior to your visit to make sure our plan fits with any ongoing dental work you may have.  Finally, a day or two prior to your visit, our Treatment Coordinator will reach out to introduce herself and discuss any specific needs or concerns you have related to orthodontic treatment.

What to Expect At Your Orthodontic Exam

Upon entering the office you’ll be greeted by our wonderful Patient Care Coordinator, she will put you at ease and welcome you to our practice! She’ll also show you where things are located in the office and give you a brief tour as she walks you back to the Treatment Coordinator’s office. Our Treatment Coordinator will then take a few photos and a digital scan of your teeth, along with a low radiation panoramic x-ray.

Once your records are complete the doctor will come in to meet you, do a simple exam of your teeth, then talk through all of your treatment options. He’ll look at your photos and digital scan with you on our monitor and give you a clear understanding of exactly how orthodontics can transform your smile! He’ll then talk specifically about Invisalign and braces so that you can make an informed decision about which option would be best for you. You’ll be able to ask all of your questions and get them answered by the doctor on the spot.

Finally, our Treatment Coordinator will review with you the cost of treatment and fully explain our flexible payment options. If you are ready to get started, we will go over the next steps and get you scheduled appropriately. If you prefer to take all of the information home to further consider, she will provide you with all of your treatment details we discussed. She and the doctor are always available to answer any questions you might have via text, phone, or setting up Zoom consult from your home or work. We are here to serve you!

Choosing A Treatment

We truly want to do everything we can to help you make a well-informed decision on your orthodontic treatment, so we’ll take extra time during your first appointment to fully explain your current orthodontic situation and the treatment options available to you. We’ll go over all of the potential treatments that may work for you, including traditional metal braces, clear braces, Invisalign clear aligners, and any supplementary treatments we feel may be necessary. Normally, we can make a decision about treatment and move forward during your first visit, but if you have a particularly complicated case, we may ask to schedule a second Treatment Conference after your orthodontist reviews your records.

Schedule Your Consultation For Orthodontic Treatment

Your first visit is an exciting time as it’s the first step in the orthodontic treatment process – and it marks the beginning of your journey towards a beautiful, healthy new smile. We firmly believe in patient education throughout the treatment process, which is why we will always speak openly and transparently about your current situation and the options available to you. If you’d like to start the orthodontic journey for yourself, we’d be thrilled to help you.

Whether you choose braces, Invisalign, or any other treatment we offer, your orthodontic treatment will be temporary – but the benefits of a new smile will last a lifetime.

Sammamish Orthodontists

Frequently Asked Questions:

This exam typically last about 20 minutes.

Prior to the exam we will have you submit  5 selfie photos so the doctor can accurately assess your teeth.  The doctor and Treatment Coordinator will then Zoom with you to discuss your treatment options, answer any questions you have, and give you a fee quote.  They can also discuss the best next steps for you.

This exam isn’t done in real-time.  We will have you submit 5 selfie photos, then within 24 hours the doctor will send you a personalized treatment video that outlines your options for Invisalign or braces.  Our Treatment Coordinator will give you a fee quote and follow up to answer questions and the next best steps for you

The exam typically lasts about 60 minutes.

The first 20 minutes of the exam is dedicated to meeting you and taking orthodontic records (digital scan of your teeth, photos, panoramic x-ray) at no charge to you. These records assist our doctors in customizing your plan.

The next 30 minutes you will meet with a doctor and our Treatment Coordinator to discuss your treatment options. We’ll have a two way discussion with you to make sure we understand and meet your treatment goals and answer all of your questions.

The last 10 minutes you will meet with our Treatment Coordinator to review the treatment fee, payment options, and best next steps for you.

There are 5 essential questions that we will cover during the consultation:

  1. Is there an orthodontic problem, and if so, what is it?
  2. What treatment options are available to you to correct the problem? (i.e. braces, Invisalign, expander, etc.)
  3. What is the estimated length of treatment?
  4. What is the total cost of treatment?
  5. What payment options are available?

There are no hidden fees. The entire consultation, including all photos, x-rays and the assessment by our orthodontist are completely free.

Yes. We will work with you to create a payment plan that is tailored to your needs and budget.  We never want to cost to be a barrier to achieving your best smile!

Yes.  We are happy to accommodate you and schedule family members for back to back exams.

Yes. We are happy to provide you with a second opinion.  You can come in for an In-Office Exam or, if it’s more convenient, you can schedule an In-Home Zoom Exam or an Online Express Exam.

Orthodontists are dentists who, after finishing 4 years of dental school, then went on to orthodontic school for another 2-3 years of extensive training.  The only thing our doctors do – all day, every day – is straighten teeth.  Dr. Nelson and Dr. Steinhart have treated over 20,000 patients with Invisalign or braces, you are in expert hands.

No, Invisalign treatment isn’t the same wherever you get it. Invisalign is a doctor-driven treatment, each doctor prescribes the specific movement for each tooth of every patient. Invisalign manufactures aligners based on the doctor’s prescription, so the doctor that treats you makes all the difference.

Doctor Nelson and Doctor Steinhart are top 1% Invisalign Providers in the world – they have more experience than 99% of the doctors doing Invisalign. They have treated over 20,000 patients with Invisalign or braces, you are in expert hands.

Treatment times vary depending on your treatment plan and goals.  A typical comprehensive plan that includes straightening and full bite correction often lasts around 12-18 months.  For limited cosmetic alignment of front teeth, we can often finish these cases in about 6 months.

For our Invisalign treatment our typical appointment interval is about every 10-12 weeks.  For our patients in braces, the average time between visits is 5-6 weeks.

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