Your First Orthodontic Visit

Here at Riverview Orthodontics, we take the trust you place in us seriously, and want you to feel confident in the care we provide. Taking the first step towards a healthier smile is really exciting, but we know it can also feel a little overwhelming. This is especially true in the beginning, when you may not know much about the orthodontic process or what to expect from treatment with us.

That’s why we work hard to ensure your first visit with us is as positive and stress-free as possible! This initial appointment is one of the most important ones you’ll have with us. It gives us the chance to get to know each other and explore your orthodontic options in a relaxed setting.

To help you prepare for your orthodontic journey, let’s take a look at what you can expect from your complimentary consultation, and what the next steps will be!

Your first visit with Riverview Orthodontics

When you arrive at our Tuscaloosa or Demopolis office, our team will greet you warmly and show you around the office. After this brief tour, we’ll review your dental and medical history, then take some digital photographs of your teeth. Once the necessary images have been obtained, Dr. Upton will perform a careful oral examination.

During this exam, Dr. Upton may ask a few questions about any problems you’ve been having with chewing, swallowing, or opening and closing your mouth. The information we obtain from your history, exam, and photographs will allow Dr. Upton to make an initial diagnosis and recommended course of treatment.

If orthodontic treatment is recommended, additional records including a 3D radiographic scan with an intra-oral digital scan or impressions will be taken to obtain more detailed information and finalize a treatment plan. Dr. Upton will take some time to discuss the orthodontic process with you, and he’ll address any questions or concerns you may have at this point. You can expect him to cover:

  • any oral issues you’re experiencing
  • if treatment is needed immediately
  • what treatment options are available to correct the problem
  • if any teeth will need to be removed
  • an estimate of how long we expect your treatment to take
  • the total investment required for treatment
  • any payment or financing options we have available to you

Riverview Orthodontics will always take into account your specific needs, your lifestyle, and your goals when creating a treatment plan for you. This individualized approach allows us to consistently produce superior results that will give you a smile you can be proud of!
Investing in a healthier smile

Once you’ve decided on a treatment plan with Dr. Upton, we’ll walk you through the investment needed for your new smile. Because every patient has their own particular needs and will respond to treatment in their own way, the total cost of treatment will vary from case to case. Your personalized treatment plan will include a breakdown of all applicable fees.

Riverview Orthodontics knows that a smile is forever, and we’re committed to providing affordable, high-quality orthodontic care to patients of all ages in our community. Our practice accepts most major credit cards and insurance plans, and we will also work with you to create a payment plan that fits your budget. We’ll always ensure you understand all costs involved before treatment even begins!

Additionally, we will always have someone available to help you with your insurance claims and paperwork. We also provide convenient online services that allow you to:

  • view your appointment and account information at any time
  • sign up for email or text appointment reminders
  • check your payment history and see current charges

The next step in your journey

After your consultation is complete, we’ll schedule an appointment for you to receive your new orthodontic appliance and begin the active phase of your treatment! Depending on your plan, you’ll have follow-up appointments with us every 6-8 weeks or so. At these visits, Dr. Upton will adjust your appliance if necessary and check that your teeth are moving in a safe and healthy way.

These visits are an essential part of your orthodontic treatment, so it’s important that you don’t miss them! We do our best to make sure appointments are scheduled for a day and time that’s convenient for you, but we know life sometimes gets in the way of your plans. If you’re running late or can’t make your appointment for any reason, we simply ask that you let us know as soon as possible! We’ll be happy to accommodate you by rescheduling your appointment for another day.

Find something to smile about at Riverview Orthodontics

Your smile is in the best hands with Dr. Upton and the rest of our expert team! We have many years of combined experience in straightening smiles, and the innovative techniques we use allow us to deliver the best results in the shortest amount of time possible.

Orthodontic treatment is one of the most important investments you can make for yourself or your family, and you shouldn’t trust it to just anybody! An experienced orthodontic specialist like Dr. Upton will only recommend the best treatment for your unique smile. If you’re in Tuscaloosa or Demopolis and the surrounding areas, get in touch today to schedule your first FREE visit. The healthy, beautiful smile you deserve is waiting here for you!