Your First Visit
At your initial visit with Dr. Nakamura, a complimentary Panoramic X-Ray will be offered. Along with this x-ray he will perform a clinical evaluation and provide you with his preliminary findings, recommendations and treatment costs. If you have insurance coverage, we will be more that happy to determine your available benefits. If treatment is indicated, additional records will be taken. Once the diagnostic records are reviewed, Dr. Nakamura will develop a custom treatment plan for each patient.Starting Your Treatment
After Dr. Nakamura has discussed treatment options and the family has chosen a treatment plan, you are on your way to a beautiful smile! Financial contracts and insurance claims are reviewed and signed at this appointment.
Generally 1 week after the consultation appointment, your braces are placed on your teeth. This appointment usually takes from 1 to 2 hours. You will also be given written and oral instructions on the care of your braces at the end of this appointment.
You will then see Dr. Nakamura at regular intervals 5 to 6 weeks apart for an adjustment, which takes 15-30 minutes. As necessary, Dr. Nakamura may schedule appointments in shorter or longer intervals based upon the patients particular treatment.
So that Dr. Nakamura can devote his full attention to the placement of the braces, any long appointment requiring more than 30 minutes is scheduled in the morning or early-afternoon hours. We make every effort to be on time for our patients, and ask that you extend the same courtesy to us. If you cannot keep an appointment, please notify us immediately.
The cost of orthodontic treatment depends on the severity of the patient's problems. You will be able to discuss fees and payment options before treatment begins. We have payment options to suit different budgets. We do accept assignment of benefits from most insurance plans for orthodontic treatment and we will file the necessary forms to the insurance company. We work hard to make orthodontics affordable for all of our potential patients.