What To Expect At Your Orthodontic Consultation

The first step of straightening your smile is seeing an orthodontist for a consultation. Most orthodontists offer free consultations. What typically happens at these appointments?

Tour of the office

First, the treatment coordinator will show you around the office. You’ll see our brushing station, treatment areas, sterilization room, and consultation room.

Orthodontic records

Next, the treatment coordinator or assistant will take a series of photos and one x-ray. These will be uploaded into your chart immediately, and the doctor will begin reviewing the records.


You will be seated in our comfortable consultation room and have a chance to get any questions answered by the treatment coordinator. Dr. Peterson will be in shortly to perform an exam.

Suggested treatment plan

Based on the results of the exam and careful review of the orthodontic records, Dr. Peterson will recommend a treatment plan and an estimate of roughly how long you would be in treatment.


The treatment coordinator will go over all the financial information with you. If you have dental insurance, this will be factored in. She can help you set up a payment plan to fit in your budget. 


If you choose Peterson Family Orthodontics as your orthodontic provider, you have the option of signing the contract and getting your braces on the same day as your consultation. If you are still shopping around, no worries. We’ll be here when you are ready!

We can’t wait to see you in our San Tan Valley office! Give us a call today to schedule your complimentary consultation appointment.