What to Expect


We are always excited about meeting new patients during their first visit to our office. Your initial appointment will consist of a thorough examination and a discussion of potential treatment options. This important 60-minute visit will give us insight into your orthodontic needs. We know your time is valuable, so to expedite treatment, we may also reserve time following the exam for diagnostic records. The records include X-rays, photos and impressions for study models and are necessary for developing the appropriate treatment plan and documenting your pre-treatment condition. This additional appointment will last approximately 45-minutes.

During the initial examination for each patient, we will address the following questions that cover the basics of orthodontic treatment. We encourage you to ask questions as well.

  • Is there a condition that orthodontics can address?
  • Is treatment needed now or should treatment be delayed until appropriate growth, tooth eruption or other factors have occurred?
  • What treatment procedures will be used to correct the problem?
  • Do any deciduous (baby) or permanent teeth need to be removed?
  • How long will treatment take?
  • How much will it cost?
  • What are my payment options?

Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your first visit:

  • Any panoramic X-ray taken within the past six months.
  • If you have orthodontic insurance, bring your insurance card. By providing this information at the first visit, we will be able to give you an estimate of your costs.

If any orthodontic treatment or appliance is prescribed, you can be assured that Dr. Raywood will see you or your child at every appointment to give you the personalized attention to detail that is required for superior results.

Placement of Braces

This is the single most important aspect of treatment, therefore, Dr. Raywood places and positions all brackets herself. The placement of the braces is a technically detailed procedure and when done properly, the final orthodontic result is achieved easier and faster. Orthodontic assistants do not have the training or expertise to perform this critical procedure.