New Patients

Are you a candidate for orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontics is not merely for improving the esthetics of the smile; orthodontic treatment improves bad bites (malocclusions). Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusions affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth or feel about your smile.

Why should malocclusions be treated? According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems. Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease. Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping. Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth, uneven tooth wear, and temporomandibular disorders (TMD). Openbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments. Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile-it creates a healthier you.

First Visit

The first time you visit our office, you will be greeted by our friendly scheduling coordinator who will assist you in checking in and notifying the orthodontic team members that you have arrived. You will meet with the doctor in our private consultation room. The privacy of this room will facilitate open discussion of your treatment goals with Dr. Edwards or Schaefer. The doctor will review your medical history, perform a thorough orthodontic examination, and a summary of your orthodontic problems will be given. Your questions will be answered with knowledge and expertise. Computer simulations of treatment options will be shown and discussed.

At the conclusion of your examination, the doctor will discuss her recommendations for treatment. Factors such as treatment duration and treatment timing will be reviewed. Drs. Edwards and Schaefer believe in starting treatment only at the "right time," according to each patient's individual needs. If it is time to begin treatment, the next step is to collect more information by taking a set of diagnostic records which include x-rays, photographs and models of your teeth.

While some patients are ready for braces right away, others are not, and may be placed on a recall monitoring schedule so that they may be monitored until it is the perfect time to start. For those patients who are ready and eager to start treatment, we can proceed with orthodontic records following the consultation.


Recently, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued comprehensive regulations relating to the privacy of patient records. It is the intent of this office to comply with each of these new rules, and this policy is designed to provide a framework to accomplish this goal.



Orthodontic treatment is a very worthwhile investment for the overall dental, medical, and psychological well being of children and adults. Simply put, braces are one of the best investments you can make in your appearance and health! Financial considerations should not be an obstacle to obtaining this valuable and long-lasting service. We are sensitive to the fact that people have different financial needs which must be taken into account when arranging payment schedules.

payment methods

Orthodontic fees vary depending on the severity of the problem and length of treatment. Prior to beginning any treatment, we will discuss financial and insurance options in detail. Most insurance plans partially cover orthodontics, and we will gladly complete the paperwork and accept most insurance to ensure you get the full financial benefit from your insurance provider. If you prefer to pay for treatment over time, flexible, personal, payment plans, without interest, can be arranged.