New patient consultations are both exciting and informative! We understand that patients want to know what to expect and how to best be prepared for their first appointment. We’ve compiled a list of questions that we have gathered from our consultations over the years, to serve as a reference for you before you come in:
1. How can I schedule a new patient consultation?
Simply call our office to schedule your appointment or book online at our website! Our staff is highly trained to guide you through your first phone call and gather all the necessary information for your first appointment. We are SO excited that you would like to meet us and start thinking about getting your dream smile!
2. How long does the appointment normally take?
We suggest that you allow 45 minutes to an hour for the consultation. This will include the time needed for completion of our new patient forms, a tour of the office, time with the doctor to discuss your treatment plan, and time with our treatment coordinator to discuss financing options and insurance.
3. Is there a fee for my consultation visit?
Consultations are completely complementary at VCO Orthodontics in Arlington, VA!
4. Do I need to bring anything with me to the consultation?
If you have a copy of a referral from your dentist, any previous orthodontic records and/or x-rays, or a copy of your insurance card(s), we will gladly add those to your chart to help build your patient portfolio!
5. What is discussed at this appointment?
At your consultation, Dr. Markova will first address your main concerns and reason for coming in. If your dentist has concerns, she can address those as well. She’ll then evaluate your smile and make necessary treatment recommendations and give you an estimated timeline for treatment completion. If your plan involves or requires other dental work, she can give you referrals for this as well. If you are interested in braces or Invisalign, Dr. Markova will go over details with you about all options. For kids and teens, we will review when a good time for braces might be or if an expander or spacer is needed.
6. Can I start treatment the same day?
Absolutely! We encourage patients to come prepared to start treatment same-day! We’ll go over all of your insurance benefits and the financial information pertaining to your recommended treatment, and once all of your questions have been answered, we will gladly get you started on your journey to a brand-new smile!