Your First Visit

Every smile created by Dr. Helm starts with a free evaluation and consultation. The decision to have orthodontic care is important, so we want to provide you an opportunity to have all your questions answered and experience being part of our orthodontic family. At your first visit, you will work closely with Sheree, our new patient coordinator (think of her as your orthodontic concierge!).

Here’s what to expect:first visit

  • A tour of the office
  • Digital photos of your teeth and smile
  • A digital x-ray (if not available from your dentist)
  • Your time with Dr. Helm will include a thorough examination, discussion of your concerns and goals for your treatment, and an opportunity to ask any questions you might have. Dr. Helm will answer the questions:
    • Is orthodontic treatment needed?
    • When is the ideal time to start orthodontic treatment?
    • What are the best treatment options to accomplish your treatment goals?
    • How long will treatment take?
  • Financial consultation: a discussion of your out-of-pocket investment after any orthodontic insurance benefits as well as your individualized payment arrangements, including no-interest monthly payment plan options.
  • Insurance consultation: our team will check with your insurance prior to your appointment so that we can help you understand your available benefits, how they work, and the best way to maximize those benefits for your orthodontic care.
  • What’s the next step? Sheree will explain and schedule your next appointments in our office. She will even help coordinate visits with your general dentist or other dental specialist if this is needed.

We recommend the following to get the most out of your consultation appointment:

  • Before your visit, download and fill out the health history form. You can email it to us or print it and bring it with you to your consultation appointment.
  • Write down any questions that you have, and bring them to your appointment.
  • For children, we recommend both parents be present at the consultation appointment if possible in order to best understand Dr. Helm’s recommendations, ask questions, and be involved in any necessary decision making for your child.