Drs. Perlman & Koidin, P.C.

(781) 599-2900
77 Broad Street
Lynn, MA 01902

First Visit

Dr. Mike Koidin explaining the custom treatment plan to a mother and her daughter.We are always excited about meeting new patients during their first visit to our office. Many of our orthodontic patients have been with us for years, and many others have been referred to us by other dentists, physicians, family members and friends. During this visit we initially discuss your orthodontic treatment. We understand that each patient's orthodontic treatment is different and we promise to give you the personal attention you deserve

In order to make a custom treatment plan for each patient we will perform an examination and take diagnostic records. These include radiographs, photos and impressions for study models and are necessary for developing the appropriate treatment plan. This appointment will take approximately 1/2 hour.

We will then schedule a consultation visit at the end of the day approximately 3-4 weeks later to discuss treatment options, time frames and financial arrangements. We will provide a complete clinical diagnosis regarding the nature of the problem; establish treatment goals and estimated fees. We insist that our patients and parents or legal guardians leave the office with a clear understanding of their specific needs, what the treatment will consist of and how long it will take and the cost. Also, we will answer any additional questions.

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 necessary now or should it be delayed until appropriate growth, tooth eruption or other factors have occurred?
  • What treatment procedures will be used to correct the problem?
  • Do any permanent teeth need to be removed?
  • How long will treatment take?
  • How much will it cost?
  • What are my payment options; will my insurance cover part of the fee?

Why Should Malocclusions be Treated?

According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontics, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems. Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease. Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping. Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear. Open bites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments. Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile; it creates a healthier you.

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