Our New Patient Center
Let’s Get Down to the Basics
Prepare for your first visit by downloading our forms and learning our financial policy.
Do You Believe in Smiling at First Sight?
We’re confident you’ll love your first visit with us!
Do I need a referral to make an appointment?
No. We do not require a referral from your dentist. If you have questions or concerns about your smile, we are here to answer them!
At what age should I bring my child into the office?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends first visiting an orthodontist by age seven. An early evaluation helps to determine a baseline for your child’s growth and can help to identify developing orthodontic problems as permanent teeth erupt and baby teeth are lost. When needed, early identification and interception can provide many benefits for your child, including guide jaw growth, correct improper bite relationships, create space for permanent teeth, and prevent the need for the extraction of teeth in the future.
Am I too old for treatment?
Never! Adults of all ages can benefit from orthodontic treatment.
Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?
Maybe! Dr. Patra will make a thorough diagnosis and evaluation at your new patient exam and recommend treatment options based on your specific needs. Visit our Invisalign page to learn about the process.
How long will I be in treatment?
About six months to 2+ years, depending on the scope of treatment and case complexity.
How often will I need to come in?
Every treatment plan is different, but typically you’ll need to come in at 4-12 week intervals.
Will I have to wear a retainer?
Absolutely! We want you to protect your investment and wearing your retainer will do just that! Our mantra: Night time for a lifetime! We do have several retainer options available to meet your needs.
I walked out with a beautiful smile! Super nice people and wonderful experience! Committed to perfection.
Ann, Actual Patient at Gig Harbor Orthodontics