Our greatest goal is to give you the healthy, straight, beautiful smile that you've always wanted. We understand that choosing to receive orthodontic care is a big decision, and we respect your reasons for wanting to improve the way you look and feel. Our practice will work with you every step of the way to make sure that your orthodontic care is as rewarding as possible. Our practice utilizes the latest technology, offering a variety of safe and gentle treatment options to give you the customized, individual care you deserve.
STEP 1: BEGIN A VIRTUAL SMILE ASSESSMENT EXAM
We invite you to grab your iPhone, Android or Tablet to perform a
FAST - FIVE MINUTES – FIVE SELFIES exercise to begin your VIRTUAL EXAM. This on-line complimentary exam is powered by Smile Snap, a new tech leader in the orthodontic world. Smile Snap is endorsed by Dr. Koufos and the American Association of Orthodontists. It’s super fun and so easy to do!
The real benefits of these Virtual Smile Assessments are it will save you time and allow you to be in the comfort of your home! Dr. Koufos will carefully assess your photos and usually, within 24 hours, he will provide you with an email containing a preliminary treatment plan, based on your smile objectives! You will also find attached, a cost guestimate for your NEW SMILE!
Once you are ready for more detailed information, we invite you to the NEXT STEP! Our professional New Patient Coordinator will schedule a more detailed, in-office consultation with Dr. Koufos and his well-trained Treatment Coordinators.
Please contact us to begin your FREE Virtual Smile Assessment!
STEP 2: AN IN-OFFICE CONSULTATION WITH DOCTOR
Your in-office consultation will give you the opportunity to see our state-of-the-art office, meet our team, and most importantly meet Dr. Koufos, your certified orthodontist! They will help you learn more about orthodontics during this complimentary exam, and find out which treatment options will best meet your needs. During your initial consultation, we will:
- Review your dental and medical history forms.
- Provide a complete oral exam, with X-rays, to determine whether treatment is necessary.
- Help you create a customized treatment plan.
- Discuss all financial information, insurance options, and payment plans to best fit your budget.
Our Treatment Coordinators will be glad to answer any questions you may have, and Dr. Koufos will provide all of the information that you need to determine which treatment is best suited for you.
Please email us to schedule your FREE initial consultation. Or TEXT US now at 219/365-2323.
What happens after the initial consultation?
You're one step closer to achieving the smile you've always wanted! After your consultation, we will schedule your first appointment and your doctor will place your new orthodontic appliance. This appointment generally takes about an hour, and during this time our team will be available to make sure that you are as comfortable as possible.
When treatment begins, you can expect to see us every 8-12 weeks on average. We understand that our patients are extremely busy with school academics, extra school activities, and work. Our goal is to minimize family inconveniences as much as possible.
Regular progress appointments are necessary to monitor your orthodontic journey and overall dental health. Dr. Koufos will provide his technical expertise to make adjustments to your braces, appliances or clear aligners during these appointments. We do our best to keep your appointments efficient, minimizing your time in our office. We gladly provide our patients with a Doctor’s excuse to avoid unexcused absences from school.
Most patients schedule these appointments at various times of the day. Even though these appointments may occur during work or school hours, they are critical for your treatment progress. Please keep in mind, we offer some extended appointment times on Monday evenings. In addition, we offer a minimum of one Saturday a month for our “uber busy” families and patients. We thank you and appreciate your patience when scheduling your next appointment. (Please note COVID hours are temporary hours from 8-5 most days.)
We do require our patients to schedule longer appointments for placement and removal of your braces/appliances. Both appointments are very exciting and highly anticipated experience for our patients! Longer appointments allow us to give the best service to our patients and reasonably share the burden of absences from work or school.
Longer appointments generally occur in the early mornings or early afternoon hours. (Pre-COVID) We try our best to be efficient with your time. Depending on your treatment goals, patients may be required to add another longer appointment during their treatment time.
Invisalign patients do not require a longer appointment for their placement and removal.
We understand that “life happens”! If you're running late or need to reschedule, please let us know and we will do everything we can to accommodate you. When you're ready to schedule your first appointment, contact our practice and our friendly scheduling coordinator will assist you. We're looking forward to working with you.
Visiting the dentist during orthodontic treatment
It is very important that you continue to visit your family dentist once every six months, even during your orthodontic treatment, for teeth cleanings and routine dental checkups. If extra dental care is needed, we will be happy to coordinate with your family dentist to make sure that you are receiving the best care possible.