Your First Orthodontic Visit

Like any other first in life, your initial orthodontic visit can seem a little intimidating. 😨 Here at Saddle Creek Orthodontics, we believe that your first visit with us is also the most important one! This is our chance to get acquainted with each other, and for you to learn about all the treatments and services we offer. On the surface, we may look similar to any dental or orthodontic office, but what we do here is unique. It all begins with your very first orthodontic appointment with SCO, so let’s take a look at what you can expect when you step through our door!

Let’s Get Started!

Upon your arrival at our Collierville, Germantown, or our new Midtown location, you’ll be warmly welcomed by our team. After being introduced to Dr. Fagala, you’ll be shown around the office so you can see where the magic happens! Our orthodontic treatment coordinator will then take some digital photographs of your teeth, plus panoramic and cephalometric x-rays. We need these images in order to visualize your teeth, jaws, and facial soft tissue. Besides getting to know you, one of the most important parts of this initial evaluation is determining what type of treatment is necessary to correct any problems we find, and when the best time to begin would be. These photographs and x-rays allow us to see what’s happening beneath the surface of the gums, such as the position and growth of the bones and joints. This will also show us any teeth that are still below the gum line.

After reviewing these images, Dr. Fagala will join you in a private consultation room to discuss any specific areas of concern. He may ask you some questions, such as if your jaws make any noise when your mouth opens or closes, or if you’ve been having any problems chewing or swallowing. You’ll then be shown an individualized and unique treatment plan, and Dr. Fagala will demonstrate the correction that can be expected by showing you photos and videos of similar cases. Depending on the developmental stage of your teeth and jaws, you may be advised to begin treatment right away, or to schedule periodic check-ups until we can determine the best time to start treatment.

We love informed patients, and our goal is to be sure that no question goes unanswered at any point in your orthodontic journey. That begins by taking as much time as necessary to answer your questions when discussing what method of treatment is best for you. Dr. Fagala and our Treatment Coordinator will walk you through the process, going over everything from scheduling adjustment appointments to when you can expect treatment to finish, and just about everything in between!

What Happens Next?

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If we do find that there are issues needing correction during your initial evaluation with us, we will recommend orthodontic treatment. Whether you’re advised to begin treatment now or later, this is the best time for you to ask any questions you have about the whole process. Dr. Fagala will go over all of the available treatment options for you, talk to you about what to expect at different stages of the treatment process, and touch on a variety of topics, such as

  • How orthodontic treatment will benefit you
  • What treatment options are available to help correct your specific problem
  • Whether treatment is indicated now, or if you should hold off for a while
  • How much treatment is likely to cost
  • Available payment plans and financing options
  • How long we expect your treatment to take

Once we have a treatment plan mapped out, we’ll go over all the fees associated with it. Every patient we see has specific needs and desired outcomes, and as such, the cost of treatment will vary on a case-by-case basis. At SCO, we’re determined to provide outstanding value at a reasonable cost. We don’t want finances to come in between you and a healthy, functional smile! We’re able to offer flexible payment plans and automatic bank drafts through OrthoFi. Our team will also check with your insurance company for orthodontic benefits. We accept the following insurance plans, among many others at Saddle Creek Orthodontics:

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
Delta Dental of Tennessee
United Concordia
United HealthCare

If you don’t see your insurance provider listed above, we might accept that insurance after all. Either way, rest assured that we’ll do all we can to help you find the most comfortable payment plan for you and your family’s budget.

Making Braces FUN in Memphis

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SCO stays busy, and we know you do too. Once all of your questions and concerns have been addressed during your first visit with us, we will often be able to start your treatment that very same day! Orthodontic treatment is a process, and once you begin your journey towards a straighter smile, you can expect to see us pretty regularly for a while. We’ll work hard to build a lasting relationship with you throughout that process, so that you leave every appointment confident that you’re receiving the best orthodontic care possible. Dr. Fagala and the rest of our skilled staff provide an atmosphere that is laid back, relaxed, and a lot of fun, so you’ll never need to dread scheduling a visit!

Are you in the Mid-South and ready to begin the journey towards your very best smile? With conveniently located offices in Midtown, Germantown, and Collierville, Saddle Creek Orthodontics is the place to be! Flexibility is important to us, and we know it’s important to our patients. We offer flexible appointment scheduling, flexible treatment options, and flexible payment options, too. For the chance to see what SCO has to offer you, get in touch with us today to schedule your complimentary consultation. Meet the team, discuss your treatment options with Dr. Fagala, and tour the office closest to you without any obligation on your part! We’re confident that after spending some time with us, you’ll want to work with us to develop the beautiful, straight smile you dream of (and deserve!).