Office Orientation

At Michigan Orthodontic Specialists, we take special care with each and every patient, coming up with an individualized plan that meets each person’s needs. We welcome you into our office and hope that you’ll always be comfortable to ask any questions you may have, about our services or about orthodontics in general—because we are eager and willing to answer!

Initial Consultation

Before we can get started working on your smile, we want to get to know the person behind the smile. At Michigan Orthodontic Specialists, we offer an entirely free consultation. During the initial consultation, we will take a look, give you an X-ray, and discuss your options and needs. We will also help navigate you through the details of the costs and duration of the treatment.

Come Prepared

Prior to us working with you for braces, you must have a dental exam and have all cavities filled. Both before and after braces are applied, you should continue to visit your dentist for an examination and cleaning every 6 months.

When you come in for your appointment, please make sure your teeth are brushed. Toothbrushes and toothpaste are available in the office for your use.

Making an Appointment

We are now able to schedule your orthodontic appointments anywhere from 3 to 12 weeks apart. This offers you more flexibility and less time spent coming in more regularly. You’ll miss less school and work, and we can work hard to match up an appointment that works well with your schedule. In order to do this for all of our patients, we ask that you notify us at least 24 hours in advance if you need to cancel an appointment. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-4BRACES. Alternately, you can call 269-544-1222 for the Kalamazoo location and 269-273-9595 for the Three Rivers location.

Written Communication

Should there be any concern with a patient’s treatment, we will distribute this information via written correspondence. If a legal guardian is not present at the appointment, the document may instead be mailed or emailed. Please make sure that you read anything received from our office. But of course this is not the only way we communicate. We will go over this information at your appointment, and we are only a phone call away for questions and concerns.

Treatment Duration

Just as everyone’s smile is different, so is everyone’s treatment duration. Average treatment time is between 18 and 30 months, but it could be less or more depending on your individual case. We will discuss your individualized plan during our initial consultation. But there are other factors that can increase your treatment time including skipping appointments and not wearing rubber bands (if we recommend them for your plan).