Your First Visit
At Sam Kadan Orthodontics, we understand that we only have one chance to make a great first impression. During your first visit, we take the time to help you see why we are the leading orthodontic practice in the Bucks County and Philadelphia area.
What Happens During My First Visit?
At many orthodontic practices, the treatment process begins with a rather clinical experience. You check in, fill out paperwork and then are taken to an examination room. Board-certified orthodontist Dr. Sam Kadan and his staff want to be more than another orthodontic practice; we want to be your home for all of your orthodontic treatments.
During your first visit, we introduce you to our facility and staff in a way that helps you feel comfortable, welcome and confident in your choice of orthodontists. Our treatment coordinator takes you on a tour of the facility. You then meet with one of our clinical assistants for X-rays and a three-dimensional model of your teeth with our advanced iTero® Element™ system. Shortly after, you meet with Dr. Kadan for an examination, and he reviews the X-rays and model from the iTero® Element™ system. The discussion includes his findings, orthodontic issues and recommended treatments. The consultation lasts one hour.
You should bring the following information to your consultation appointment:
- The “New Patient” forms
- Dental insurance card and information about any other orthodontic coverage
- Panoramic X-rays completed within the last six months (your dentist can send these electronically or give you the actual X-rays)
The consultation with Dr. Kadan is a perfect time to evaluate your comfort and confidence with him as a board-certified orthodontist. Working with the most qualified orthodontist has little benefit if you do not feel at ease with the individualized approach to patient care. Some questions that you may want to ask Dr. Kadan are:
- Can my condition be corrected with orthodontic treatment?
- What treatments do you recommend and why?
- What is your experience with treating my condition?
- Should I have treatment now, or can I wait? What are the advantages and disadvantages of having treatment now or later?
- Do you need to extract any teeth? If so, how many and why?
- How long will the treatment plan take?
- What are the potential problems that I may experience during my treatment, and how will those problems be resolved?
- Who do I contact you if I have questions?
- How much will the treatment cost?
- How can I pay for my treatment?
As part of your treatment process, you may need a follow-up appointment after your consultation. These appointments are typically needed for patients with more advanced problems or unique findings. The time between the appointments allows Dr. Kadan to closely examine the X-rays, iTero® Element™ model, other diagnostics and your dental records. Dr. Kadan will also use the time to develop your individualized treatment plan that he will review during the second appointment. By allowing him more time to consider your case, we believe that you receive the superior care and results you deserve.
Dr. Kadan may recommend placing your child on our growth guidance program. The program includes periodic appointments to monitor progress in cases where the natural development pattern is unclear. By providing you with this option, Dr. Kadan minimizes the risk of intervening too early and performing treatments that may not have been critical. The program saves you time and money by providing early treatment when needed or avoiding unnecessary treatment.
What to Expect from Your Orthodontic Treatment Process
Your first days with braces are the most challenging and you may not know what to expect. After a week or two, you will be completely adjusted to your braces. Here is what you should expect during the initial stages of your orthodontic treatment process:
- Loose brackets
- Changes to the foods you eat
- No more chewing gum
- New techniques for proper oral hygiene
You will experience some mild to moderate soreness and tenderness for a few days after your braces are installed and after each adjustment. Non-prescription pain medications and warm compresses will help with the symptoms. You should avoid ibuprofen and aspirin because these medications can slow down the shifting of the teeth. After reviewing your medical history, Dr. Kadan will recommend a pain-relief regimen that is right for you.
The brackets of your braces may loosen or not adhere to your teeth correctly. This may be caused by your activities, such as contact sports or the foods that you are eating. In rare cases, the adhesive that is used does not properly hold the bracket in place. A quick follow-up appointment is all that is needed to repair the bracket.
Eating hard foods may break a wire or bracket, and sticky foods are difficult to clean from your braces. Tooth decay is another concern, so you should avoid foods and beverages that are high in sugar. Chewing on hard objects and biting your nails may also break the wires and brackets.
If you like to chew gum, you should only use gum that contains xylitol, a special sweetener that is proven to prevent cavities. Because the sweetener has some oral health benefits, Dr. Kadan encourages his patients to start buying xylitol-based gums. The products are widely available at grocery and convenience stores.
The most important part of your treatment process is practicing good oral hygiene. Wearing braces makes brushing and flossing more challenging, so Dr. Kadan will give you step-by-step instructions and time to practice in our office. You can also review the information on our Oral Hygiene page.
How Much Does Orthodontic Treatment Cost in Bucks County and Philadelphia?
We want you to feel confident and excited about wearing braces after your first visit and every visit thereafter. We understand that knowing the cost of orthodontic treatment is an important consideration for you and your family. After your consultation with Dr. Kadan, we will have the details we need to provide a complete cost, including the portion that is covered by your insurance and your out-of-pocket costs.
Payment can be made by:
- Cash, personal check and credit card
- Financing through CareCredit®
- In-house financing options
We are an in-network provider for many of today’s top dental insurance companies. Using an orthodontist that is in your dental care network benefits you by:
- Providing lower out-of-pocket expenses
- Saving you time and money by completing and filing all necessary claim forms at no extra charge to you
- Accepting the payment we negotiate with the insurance company as payment in full
- Never sending you a bill for the charges that are above the negotiated rate, known as balance billing
- Expecting you to only pay your applicable co-payment, deductible and co-insurance according to the terms of your policy
- Letting you pay only for your portion rather than expecting you to pay the full cost and get reimbursed by the insurance company
What to Expect During Your Consultation
The consultation that you have with Dr. Kadan is the first step of your treatment process. The appointment includes a complete examination, X-rays and imaging with the iTero® Element™ system that creates a three-dimensional model of your teeth and jaw. Based on his findings, Dr. Kadan decides on the orthodontic treatments that will improve jaw and teeth alignment. Your treatment plan may include orthognathic surgery, braces, and other orthodontic appliances.
Why Choose Sam Kadan Orthodontics
Dr. Kadan is a board-certified orthodontist, and only one in three orthodontists pursue board certification by demonstrating a commitment to excellence in orthodontic care, as well as continuing education. Dr. Kadan’s exceptional patient care has earned him a position on Philadelphia Magazine’s list of Top Dentists for 2016, winner of the 2016 Happening List and 2015 designation as an Invisalign® Elite Provider. He completed his orthodontic specialty training at the University of Rochester, and he currently holds a faculty position at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine to help develop the skills and expertise of future orthodontists.
Dr. Kadan has designed his facility to reflect his approach to patient care, and we look forward to giving you a tour as part of your consultation and introduction to our practice.
Now that you have read about the treatment process at Sam Kadan Orthodontics, we invite you to schedule a consultation with board-certified orthodontist Dr. Sam Kadan. Contact us today to set up an appointment at our Chalfont, Doylestown or Harleysville office.