First Visit

At Douglas J. Knight Orthodontics, we are always excited about the opportunity to meet new patients and discover how our team can help them achieve the smile of their dreams. We know that your first time seeing an orthodontist can be daunting, and aim to welcome you to our Tacoma, Washington office with warm smiles and informative answers to all of your questions. Whether it is Invisalign, clear braces or traditional braces you are interested in, from the first day you enter our office you will be treated with exceptional care and professionalism in safe and comfortable surroundings.

Your first visit with us will consist of a thorough examination and a discussion of your potential treatment options. This important 30-minute visit will give us insight into your specific orthodontic needs. We know that your time is valuable, and in order to expedite treatment we may also reserve an hour of your time following the initial exam to take diagnostic records. These records include X-rays, photos and impressions for study models, and are important for developing an appropriate treatment plan. 

During your first visit, we will address the following questions that cover the basics of orthodontic treatment. We encourage you to ask any other questions that you might have 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 permanent teeth need to be removed?
  • How long will treatment take?
  • How much will it cost?
  • What are my payment options?

Not every first-time visitor receives a recommendation of orthodontic care. In this case, we will ask the patient to return periodically for complimentary check-ups to monitor their growth and development so that treatment can begin at the most favorable time, ensuring the best results. If Dr. Knight deems that treatment is appropriate and diagnostic records are taken, he will diagnose and plan your treatment. We will then schedule a treatment consultation visit.

Treatment Consultation Visit

At the treatment consultation visit, we will review your treatment plan. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions and discuss the suggested treatment in detail. Comprehensive costs of the suggested treatment will be reviewed, and we will begin scheduling future appointments. It is very important to us that you come away from the treatment consultation visit with a clear understanding of your individual orthodontic needs, how those needs will be met, how long treatment will take and how much it will cost. We always want you to feel comfortable asking any questions that you may have about any portion of the orthodontic treatment process.

To save time, 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.

Just as no two people are exactly alike, no two orthodontic treatment plans are exactly the same. At Douglas J. Knight Orthodontics, we promise to give you the personalized attention and care that you deserve in order to achieve the most efficient and effective results. In addition to Tacoma, we also serve the surrounding communities of University Place, Lakewood, Gig Harbor, Fircrest, Steilacoom, Ruston and Puyallup, WA. If you have any questions about your first visit with us, or would like to schedule one, please contact our Tacoma, WA office today!