"Dr. Hullings and his staff are knowledgeable, skilled, attentive, supportive and respectful. The office is well organized and the administrative staff is incredibly courteous and helpful. Our visits to the office are efficient, but never rushed. Yes, orthodontic treatment is an investment, but the quality of the patient care and the exceptional customer service makes the investment easier to accept. We highly recommend Dr. Hullings to our family and friends!" - Ann Marie D.
First Visit | Getting Started | Financial Options | Office Hours | New Patient Forms
Your First Visit
We love seeing new patients, and we’re pleased that you’ve come to us to talk about your family’s orthodontic care. We understand that each person has different needs and expectations about orthodontics. Our new patient coordinator will accompany you through your first appointment with Dr. Hullings to help ensure that your individual concerns are addressed and all of your questions are answered.
So that Dr. Hullings will have the information necessary to give you his preliminary treatment recommendations, we will be taking a digital panoramic X-ray and photographs at your first appointment.
We offer one of the best advances in dentistry – digital radiography. Not only are they friendly to the environment, but they are much safer than traditional X-rays, reducing radiation by as much as 90 percent. Each X-ray is equivalent to standing in the sun for only six minutes!
After reviewing your X-ray and completing a thorough exam, Dr. Hullings will discuss whether or not orthodontic treatment is indicated. He will describe the kind of treatment that is necessary and will be able to estimate how long it will take. Our new patient coordinator will review the financial aspects of orthodontic care, including payment options.
Dr. Hullings may recommend that we wait for further dental maturation before determining if orthodontic treatment will be necessary. In this instance, he will ask the patient to return periodically for check-ups (at no charge) to monitor growth and development so that treatment can be initiated at the most favorable time for the best results.
It is very important to us that you come away from the first visit with a clear understanding of your individual orthodontic needs, how these needs will be met, how long it will take and how much it will cost. We always want you to feel comfortable asking any questions that you may have about any part of the orthodontic treatment process.
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When Dr. Hullings indicates that the time is right to get started with treatment, we will need to gather additional diagnostic information. We will need at least one additional X-ray as well as impressions to make models of your teeth. These additional records can be taken at your first visit if you are ready to begin treatment.
Dr. Hullings will use these diagnostic records, along with the information gathered at the initial examination, to diagnose and plan your course of orthodontic treatment. Just as no two people are exactly alike, no two treatment plans are exactly alike. Therefore, Dr. Hullings will develop a plan just for you, involving procedures appropriate for your individual goals.
The initial placement of braces or appliances generally takes one to two hours. Adjustment visits during the course of treatment are fairly short and usually occur every six to ten weeks. Although we will do our best to accommodate your scheduling needs, you should expect to miss some school or work during your orthodontic treatment.
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We never want finances to prevent you from getting the treatment you and your family need – when it is needed. We are happy to offer several payment options:
- Full payment at the beginning of treatment, with a bookkeeping discount.
- In-office, interest-free financing with an initial payment and monthly payments spread out over the course of treatment.
- Third-party financing through CareCredit with no initial payment, fixed monthly payments and low interest rates. Apply by visiting http://www.carecredit.com/
To simplify your life and save you time, monthly payments can be deducted automatically from your checking, savings or credit/debit card account. Through this web site, you are also able to make secure online payments.
Some employers offer flex-spending, health savings and/or orthodontic insurance benefits. You may wish to contact your personnel or payroll department to see if this type of plan is available to you. We will do all we can to help you take advantage of these great benefits.
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Monday – Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
In the event of an after-hours emergency, call the regular office phone number to have Dr. Hullings or a clinical team member paged. Back to Top
New Patient Forms
You can download and print the appropriate new patient health history forms here. Please fill them out and bring them to your first appointment. Or plan to arrive at your first appointment a few minutes early to fill them out in the office.
For a list of frequently asked questions, click here.
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