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What should I expect at my first visit?

Nervous about your first visit? During your initial consultation, Dr. Grinbaum will take a look at your teeth and ask you questions about your likes and dislikes of the appearance of your teeth. She will ask you lifestyle questions to get to know you so she can offer you the best treatment options.

This first consultation will leave you informed, and is personalized to fit your needs and wants. It is for this reason that we allow approximately one hour for the Initial Examination appointment. The appointment begins with a review of a completed dental health form, after which the Dr. Grinbaum will examine the teeth, mouth, and profile. If necessary to analyze your dentition, we will recommend a panoramic x-ray be taken in the office free of charge, unless you have had one taken in the past 6 months. If so, please have your panoramic x-ray emailed to the office at

She will have a discussion with you about how your teeth and bite can be corrected and explain all of the available appliances – such as metal traditional braces, ceramic braces, Invisalign, Invisalign teen, hidden braces (lingual braces/Incognito). You will also be able to touch and feel these appliances to better help you decide which is the right choice for you.

Your discussion will go over the differences between the options, the different outcomes, and the process from the initial records-taking – such as digital scans and photographs – to the day the appliances are placed, and the process throughout.

If Dr. Grinbaum recommends orthodontic treatment, she will review the best treatment options, estimated treatment length and the approximate time to begin treatment. A financial coordinator will also be available to review the cost of treatment and financial arrangements with you. If you have dental insurance, please forward your insurance information prior to your appointment to verify your orthodontic benefits.

You may fill out the patient forms attached here, or fill them out in the office.