First Visit

What to Expect at Your First Appointment

It is our aim to provide our patients and their families with state-of-the-art orthodontic care. No professional referral is required. Your first visit with us will include a “smile evaluation” orthodontic evaluation that includes:

  • Filling out your complete dental and medical history forms
  • A comprehensive soft tissue, skeletal and dental evaluation
  • Three extra-oral photographs
  • Five intra-oral photographs

Once Dr. Wu has evaluated your dental/medical history forms and completed your orthodontic exam, he will provide you with an orthodontic consultation to go over your estimated treatment plan and payment options.

What to bring with you to your first appointment?

When you arrive for your first appointment, please make sure you have these things:

  • Your completed Health History Forms
  • Your insurance card, and any additional insurance information you might need
  • A recent panoramic radiograph or full mouth x-rays from your dentist (if available)

The importance of regular check-ups

Visiting the orthodontist regularly is an important part of your orthodontic treatment.

Redwood Shores Orthodontics’ regular office hours are:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 8am – 5pm
  • Tuesday: 9am – 6pm
  • Special hours on holidays

Orthodontic appointments are scheduled 6 to 10 weeks apart. Your first appointment to get your braces put on will take about 2 hours, and your reoccurring check-up appointments will take about 15-30 minutes.

At Redwood Shores Orthodontics we make every effort to be on time for our patients, and we ask that you extend the same courtesy to us. If you are running late, or cannot make an appointment, please let us know as soon as possible.

Should I still see my dentist during my treatment?

The answer is simple: YES! Before beginning your orthodontic treatment we recommend that you schedule an appointment for a dental check-up. Your dentist can make sure that you have no cavities and that your gums are healthy and free from any signs of periodontal disease.

Throughout your orthodontic treatment is important to continue seeing your dentist every three-six months for teeth cleanings and to make sure your teeth and gums are in good health.