What Happens At Your First Orthodontist Appointment?

At Dougherty Orthodontics, we strive to make patients of all ages comfortable and confident at every stage of their treatment. During your first visit, we will introduce you to our clinicians and give you an exclusive preview of our white glove service. 

Learn more about what happens at your first orthodontist appointment and what sets our practice apart from other orthodontists in the Sherman Oaks area.

What To Expect At Your First Orthodontist Appointment

At your first complimentary appointment, we want to get to know you and your goals for orthodontic treatment. After you meet the team, the doctors will review your records and perform an oral examination.  Our clinicians will answer any questions you may have about your treatment, including those about insurance and payment plans.


When you arrive for your first appointment, a team member will greet you and learn more about why you’re seeking orthodontic treatment. We value all members of our practice family and want to help you get the smile you’ve always dreamed of having.

Paperwork and Dental History

The doctor will review your or your child’s complete dental and medical history when considering treatment options. You complete your paperwork before your appointment by pre-registering through our secure online Patient Registration Form.

Oral Exam & Scans/X-rays

During the next part of your appointment, your orthodontist will thoroughly examine your teeth and jaw to identify needed orthodontic corrections. We use advanced orthodontic technology to help us customize your treatment. Additionally, we will look for any issues not covered in your records and see if dental work may be required before orthodontic treatment can begin.

Treatment Plan & Questions

After reviewing your records and performing an exam, your orthodontist will outline the available treatment options for your unique needs. During this conversation, the doctor will detail the issues that need to be corrected, the method or methods used for treatment, how long treatment may take, and the estimated cost for each treatment option. 

This portion of the complimentary exam is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have. We want our patients to feel informed and confident before making any decisions about their treatment.

Insurance and Payment Options

Once we determine your treatment options, our team will give you an estimate of the treatment costs and review your insurance benefits. We are dedicated to helping maximize your benefits and will file any paperwork on your behalf. 

Additionally, our office offers monthly payment plans with no-interest financing and accepts most PPO insurance plans.

Book Your First Orthodontist Appointment in Sherman Oaks Today!

At Dougherty Orthodontics, we understand that starting orthodontic treatment can be stressful. We want our patients to feel confident and comfortable in every aspect of their treatment. 

We look forward to welcoming you to our office and giving you the information you need to make an informed choice about your orthodontic health! Schedule an appointment today and get started on the road to a healthy, beautiful smile!