1224 McFarland Blvd. NE
Tuscaloosa, AL. 35406
Our team here at Cowan & Whitaker Orthodontics knows how intimidating new experiences can be, especially regarding your oral health and the need for orthodontic treatment. With so many unknown factors about your own needs, not knowing what to expect from your free consultation visit can cause anxiety and unneeded stress.
We are pleased you have chosen our practice to achieve your healthy smile and look forward to making a great first impression as we get acquainted and walk you through the services and treatments we offer. Our primary goal is to learn what you’re hoping to achieve with your treatment and to evaluate the current state of your mouth, teeth, and jaws. We will also discuss any concerns you may have for your oral health.
At Cowan & Whitaker Orthodontics in Tuscaloosa, we believe that your first orthodontic visit is your most important one, and it can sometimes seem intimidating. Many people fear coming in, so we do everything we can to provide a calm and comfortable environment. Let’s take a look at what you can expect during your consultation.
When you arrive, our staff will welcome you with a warm greeting as we treat each patient as a member of our family. Next, you will have the opportunity to meet our team and our doctors, Dr. Glen Cowan and Dr. Julie Whitaker. You will learn more about orthodontics and receive a complete initial exam. We will also discuss the treatment options offered here at Cowan & Whitaker Orthodontics.
Your orthodontist will review your oral and medical health history with you during your free consultation. Orthodontic treatment can address some health issues like TMJ and sleep apnea, so make sure to discuss your history thoroughly to ensure your treatment is the right match for your smile goals. We will also complete an oral exam to take x-rays, and our highly-trained orthodontic treatment coordinator will take digital photographs of your teeth. These images are the best way for us to see your teeth, jaws, and facial soft tissue.
The information obtained from your examination and imaging is used to determine if treatment is necessary and which treatment option will best suit your unique smile needs. From here, our expert team will help you create a customized treatment plan in a private consultation room. Your orthodontist will point out specific areas of concern and what treatment options and experiences can look like for you using similar cases as examples.
We will take as much time as you need to answer your questions and decide what treatment is best for you if any. But, your initial visit should never feel rushed. Between the exam itself, discussing your diagnosis and treatment options, and addressing any concerns or questions you may have, you can expect this consultation visit to last about an hour.
We’ll explain everything from scheduling to expected discomfort levels to finances and payment options. We believe that an informed patient will have the most effective results- no strings attached. Let us take some of the unknowns away and get in touch to find out what it will take to get your best smile!
With Cowan & Whitaker Orthodontics, we make sure you know the cost of your treatment plan upfront, so there are never any hidden or unexpected fees. Since your treatment plan will be unique to your specific needs and goals, once we have gone over all of your options and decided on a treatment plan, we will look at the total investment needed in your new smile. We want you to have all the details before we get started.
Our goal is to provide high-quality orthodontic treatment and a confident smile. We never want finances to get in the way. To make this possible, we are proud to offer flexible payment options like no-interest monthly payment plans and discounts for payment in full at the start of treatment.
We also accept most major insurance plans and will assist you in getting the most out of your benefits to help make the process as easy as possible for you to get the treatment you need to achieve your perfect smile. Let us know if you have any questions about your insurance coverage and how we can help you make this experience a pleasant one.
Now that you’ve decided on your treatment plan, it’s time to get started. Often, Dr. Cowan or Dr. Whitaker can get started the day of your consultation for treatment options like metal braces. We will schedule a convenient time for you to come back once your custom option is ready if we can’t get started the day of your consultation.
The orthodontic treatment process involves a series of orthodontic visits, and we value the relationship that we build with you throughout that process. Most patients will need to schedule routine checkups every 4-6 weeks to check the movement of their teeth and make any necessary adjustments.
It is vital to your orthodontic success that you make it to all of your follow-up appointments, so we do our best to schedule them at a convenient time. We know things can happen, and sometimes you just won’t be able to make it. Just call us to reschedule and make sure you get it for that next one. We want to keep your treatment plan on track and as timely as possible.
We know how big this decision can be and all of the emotions that come with it, so we know how much it means that you chose to trust your smile to our knowledgeable team at Cowan & Whitaker Orthodontics.
Dr. Cowan, Dr. Whitaker, and their friendly and experienced team are up-to-date on the latest orthodontic treatment and braces technology with years of experience treating the stunning smiles of Tuscaloosa and the surrounding areas. Our expert team is committed to a warm and informative orthodontic experience from this free consultation to your final retainer check appointment.
Get in touch today to schedule your FREE consultation on your way to a smile you love. We look forward to helping you achieve your smile goals!
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