Your First Orthodontic Visit

Big decisions can be really exciting, especially when they result in positive changes for you! Your smile is no exception. While choosing to receive orthodontic care can be life-changing, it can sometimes feel a little overwhelming, too. Here at Buttram Orthodontics, it’s important to us that you feel confident in the care we provide from your first visit to your last, and that starts with your initial consultation at our Panama City office! This is one of the most important appointments you’ll have with us, and we work hard to make it an exciting and rewarding experience for you. To learn more about what you can expect from this first visit – and beyond – keep reading below.

Take the first step towards your best smile

After receiving a warm greeting when you walk in our door, you’ll be introduced to some of our talented team. We’ll also show you around the office on a quick tour before reviewing your medical and dental history. We may then take photos and x-rays of your face and teeth before providing a complete oral exam by Dr. Buttram, which will determine if any treatment is necessary. If there are any oral issues present that orthodontics can correct, we’ll move on to creating a customized treatment plan for you.

We know that the unknown can be scary, and we’re committed to making sure you understand each step of the orthodontic process. It’s important to us that you never feel rushed or that your questions have gone unanswered. After your exam is complete, we’ll sit down with you and go over a variety of topics, including:

  • any oral issues you’re experiencing that orthodontics can address
  • if treatment is needed immediately or if it would be better to delay it
  • what treatment options we have available to correct the problem
  • if any permanent teeth will need to be removed first
  • an estimate for how long we expect your treatment to take
  • the total cost of treatment
  • what payment or financing options we have available to you

By analyzing your specific needs and creating a personalized treatment plan based on your smile, your lifestyle, and your goals, we’re able to consistently produce superior results!

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How to invest in a healthier smile

Once you’ve agreed on a treatment plan with Dr. Buttram, we’ll talk you through the estimated investment needed for your new smile. Because every patient has their own unique needs and responds to treatment in their own way, the total costs will from case to case. Don’t worry, though – we’ll make sure you understand all the associated costs of treatment before we ever even begin the treatment process.

At Buttram Orthodontics, we believe in providing high-quality orthodontic care for patients of all ages. We aim to deliver affordable treatment options that will give you beautiful results with greater comfort, whatever your family’s budget may be. Your smile is forever, and that’s why we’ve chosen to partner with OrthoFi. With OrthoFi, you never need to settle for less than the best treatment available for your family. You can design your own payment plan to fit your budget, and view your payment plan details online at your convenience.

If you have insurance that will cover part or all of your treatment, we can help ensure your benefits are maximized by determining the coverage you have available and filing your claim for you. We can also handle any insurance questions on your behalf to make things easier for you.

What comes next

After your consultation, we’ll schedule an appointment for Dr. Buttram to place your new orthodontic appliance. This appointment generally takes about an hour, and our team will be available to make sure that you’re as comfortable as possible. If you are up to date with your dental cleanings and no dental work is needed, we can even place your braces on the same day!

Following your initial visits, you will be scheduled for follow-up appointments every eight to twelve weeks throughout the treatment process. Dr. Buttram will adjust your appliance if needed and check that your treatment is progressing according to plan. These visits are an essential part of your orthodontic treatment, so we will do our best to make sure they are scheduled for a day and time that’s convenient for you and your busy life! If for some reason you are running late or can’t make your appointment, we’ll do everything we can to accommodate you in rescheduling it, we simply ask that you let us know as soon as possible.

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Buttram Orthodontics can give you your best smile ever

Our team comes to work with a smile on their face because we genuinely love what we do here. Our patients are like family to us, and we enjoy catching up with you and hearing all about what’s been going on in your life in between appointments. By combining our individualized care with cutting-edge treatments and techniques, we’re able to provide you with the most efficient treatment and the best results, and we do it in the shortest time possible!

Your smile is the first thing people notice about you, and it’s the thing they’re most likely to remember, as well. That’s why we do our best to give you a smile that stands out from the crowd! We know that orthodontic treatment is one of the most important investments you can make for yourself or your family, and that’s why you should only trust an experienced orthodontist like Dr. Buttram to deliver a beautiful, healthy smile you’ll want to share with everyone around you.

If you’re in Panama City or any of the surrounding communities, we’d love to meet you and tell you more about how orthodontics could benefit you and your family. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards the smile you’ve always wanted (and deserve!)