Each member of our staff is highly trained to assist in your orthodontic experience. Every time you walk through our doors, you will be greeted with warm smiles and gracious courtesy. Our top priority is to provide you with the highest quality of orthodontic care possible in a friendly, comfortable environment.
Drs. Luccarelli and Barrese make the treatment process easy and convenient, and we try very hard to get to know each of our patients personally.
Complimentary Initial Consultation
It would be our pleasure to see you for a complimentary consultation. When you call, our staff will assist you in scheduling an appointment with Dr. Luccarelli or Dr. Barrese.
During this visit, we will help you get acquainted with our office and learn about your orthodontic treatment. We understand that each patient’s treatment is different, and we promise to give you the personal attention you deserve.
Your first visit will consist of an examination and a discussion of our clinical findings. This important visit will address your orthodontic needs, potential treatment options, length of treatment, costs, and the proper time to begin treatment.
Your initial consultation should take about one hour. Dr. Luccarelli or Dr. Barrese will discuss any orthodontic problems they find during the examination, and they will discuss treatment options with you. Financial and insurance details will also be discussed.
The initial consultation is an opportunity for relationship building, and it is our goal that you leave this appointment feeling knowledgeable, comfortable, and confident about your upcoming orthodontic experience.
Dr. Luccarelli or Dr. Barrese will identify and thoroughly discuss any existing or developing orthodontic problems. It is our goal that you leave this appointment feeling comfortable, confident, and knowledgeable about your future orthodontic experience.
During the initial consultation, you can meet with a member of our office staff to discuss the treatment fees and appointment scheduling.
Our staff will be happy to discuss your financial options, including insurance coverage. Dr. Luccarelli, Dr. Barrese, and their staff will do everything possible to work within your budget.
We want to get to know all of our patients from the moment they walk through our door. After a warm, personal greeting, we will ask you to fill out a new patient questionnaire that will provide us with the information we need to establish you as one of our patients. The questionnaire is easy to fill out and won’t take long. We will be happy to assist you in completing it.
Our office will gladly assist you in filing your orthodontic insurance, and can help you in several ways to maximize your benefit. We make insurance filing a breeze. Please verify with your dental insurance carrier that you have orthodontic coverage and the dollar amount of the coverage. If you do not have orthodontic coverage, we will work with you to develop a financial plan to fit your budget.
Now that you’ve decided to undergo orthodontic treatment, there are several procedures that are completed during your first few appointments:
- Treatment Orientation: A member of our clinical staff will discuss every aspect of your orthodontic treatment process and care, including the types of orthodontic appliances, hygiene, emergencies, etc.
- Thorough Clinical Exam: Dr. Luccarelli or Dr. Barrese will review the specific orthodontic treatment with you, and they will go over all aspects of your care.
We make the treatment process easy for the patient and family, and tailor the process for each patient.
During a records appointment, we thoroughly document your occlusion (bite), overall dental condition, and the relationship between your teeth and your skeletal structure. With this information, a complete and comprehensive orthodontic treatment plan will be formulated.
Diagnostic records consist of:
- Clinical examination by Dr. Luccarelli or Dr. Barrese
- An X-ray of your head (cephalogram)
- An X-ray of your jaws and teeth (panorex)
- Facial photographs
- Intraoral photographs
- Digital scan of the teeth
These orthodontic records are used to diagnose and plan the orthodontic procedures needed for your customized experience.
To ensure that patients receive the lowest possible exposure to X-ray radiation, we use state-of-the-art X-ray instrumentation and capture images on the highest speed of X-ray film available, which results in minimum exposure time. To further reduce exposure, we also cover each patient with a lead apron.
- Cephalogram: The cephalogram details the patient’s dental occlusion (bite) and the relationship between the occlusion and skeletal structure. It is a full skull X-ray of a patient’s profile. Overlaying the cephalogram, Dr. Luccarelli and Dr. Barrese will create a cephalometric tracing in which they will make different measurements, both linear and angular, to determine the position of the jaws and teeth. Then they can determine the appropriate orthodontic treatment plan that will result in the most attractive and functional facial harmony.
- Panoramic X-Rays: The panoramic X-ray is a single X-ray that details all of a patient’s teeth and their relationship to each other. You can think of it as the X-ray equivalent of smiling ear to ear. This is an important image that will help the doctors determine the appropriate treatment required.
- Facial and Intraoral Photography: With digital photography, we fully document each new patient’s pre-treatment facial and intraoral condition. We repeat this procedure at the end of treatment in order to prepare pre-treatment and post-treatment photos.
- Digital Scan For Study Models: Digital casts from a 3D scan create a lasting record that is not only beneficial in determining and providing the appropriate treatment, but also a tremendous before-and-after tool that dramatically reminds patients of the progress they’ve made toward the desired end result.