your first visit

Your First Visit

Our greatest goal is to give you the healthy, straight, and beautiful smile 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 your orthodontic care is as comfortable, convenient, and rewarding as possible. We’ll use the latest technology, and offer a variety of safe and gentle treatment options to give you the customized, individual care you deserve.

Every smile starts with a complimentary consultation!

Your complimentary consultation will give you the opportunity to meet our team, as well as learn more about orthodontics, receive a complete initial exam, and find out which treatment options will best meet your needs. During your complimentary consultation, Dr. Scott Ralph, DDS, MS, will:

  • Review your dental and medical history forms
  • Perform a complete oral exam, with X-rays, to determine if treatment is necessary
  • Help you create a customized treatment plan
  • Discuss all financial information, insurance options, and payment plans

During your complimentary consultation, we will explain everything you will need to know about your orthodontic treatment, so you can choose what’s best for you ... no strings attached. If you’d like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Scott Ralph, DDS, MS, please call (509) 892-9284. We have two convenient locations: in Spokane and Liberty Lake!

What happens after the initial consultation?

If you choose to receive orthodontic treatment, you will need to schedule your first appointment. This is when Dr. Ralph and the team carry out the first step in your treatment plan. That may involve placing braces or starting Invisalign®, but it’s always customized for you. The first visit is always fun, and then you’re on your way toward your new smile!

Scheduling Appointments

Visiting the orthodontist every four to eight weeks is an important part of your orthodontic treatment. Regular checkups last between 20 and 40 minutes. Our practice will work with you to make sure your appointments are set around your busy schedule; so you will spend less time in the dental chair, and more time enjoying the things you love to do.

We understand that “life happens,” so 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, call our practice (509) 892-9284; we look 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 for teeth cleanings and routine dental checkups, even during your orthodontic treatment. If extra dental care is needed, we will be happy to coordinate with your family dentist to make sure you receive the best possible care.