Your first visit

What to expect

Your first visit to Jeff Thompson Orthodontics is always free. This initial consultation appointment should last at least an hour so you have the opportunity to meet our team, learn about our available orthodontic treatment options, receive a complete orthodontic exam and ask any and all questions you may have for us.


Simple and painless checkup

When you first walk into our office, one of our receptionists or patient coordinators will welcome you, ask you some questions and bring you through our office. Then, it’s time for some diagnostic work and your orthodontic exam.

First. will take a series of pictures of your teeth and then take a set of radiographic (X-ray) images or use our i-CAT® Cone Beam 3D imaging system to allow us to see what’s happening beneath the gum line, such as bone and joint positioning and the growth of teeth hidden beneath the gums. In some cases, we may also take an impression (mold) of your teeth either digitally or by using a putty mold that you or your child will briefly bite down on. This allows us to create an accurate model of your bite, which helps us identify any issues and the most effective treatment approach.

Creating your personalized treatment plan

Once your records and images have been created, Dr. Jeff will review them and conduct a thorough assessment, reviewing your teeth and asking about specific concerns you may have, such as jaw sounds when opening or closing the mouth or any challenges related to chewing or swallowing.

This allows Dr. Jeff to determine if everything looks great, or if orthodontic treatment is necessary. If Dr. Jeff determines that treatment is necessary, we’ll discuss details, including the total cost of orthodontic treatment, available payment options and whether to initiate treatment immediately or consider a later start. Especially for young children, we may recommend periodic check-ups until we determine the ideal starting point.


Starting your treatment

During your first visit, and any subsequent visits, we will always take as much time as you need to answer any questions and address any concerns you may have. Once you feel like we’ve answered all of your questions and concerns, we’ll schedule a time to start your treatment. Our goal is for you to have all your questions answered and a plan in place to help you get your best smile when you leave our office for the first time.

We value your time and we’ll always do our best to accommodate your schedule within our office hours and available appointments. Appointments play a crucial role in your treatment, as they are dedicated to your care. To ensure the best experience, please arrive on time for your appointment. If you are more than 15 minutes late, we may need to reschedule your visit. If you need to cancel your appointment, please provide a 24-hour notice. We are aware that unforeseen events sometimes require missing an appointment, and we appreciate your cooperation.

Get started today

If you have any more questions about your first orthodontic visit, please contact us. You can also schedule your free consultation by filling out a simple online form. Dr. Jeff and the team at Jeff Thompson Orthodontics are here to help you achieve a lifetime of healthy smiles!