Your First Dental Visit to Orinda Hills Orthodontics.

Each smile that we create starts with a complimentary consultation. The consultation includes exams, x-rays and photographs as needed.

Your complimentary consultation will give you the opportunity to meet our team, learn more about orthodontics, and find out what treatment options will best meet your needs. Our goal is to make you feel comfortable with our team and answer all of your questions and concerns.

What to expect on your first appointment

  • Provide a comprehensive exam of your TMJ, bite and smile, to determine if treatment is necessary.
  • Educate you on the aesthetic and functional benefits of treatment and help you create a customized treatment plan.
  • Discuss all financial information,answer any questions regarding insurance and payment plan options. We strive to provide the best possible service and availability at the most affordable fee.

This visit will last for approximately 60 minutes.

New Patient Forms

Please prepare for your first appointment by completing our new patient information forms. Download the forms to your computer to complete at home and then bring them with you to your first appointment.

These documents are in PDF format. If you're unable to read PDF files, you can download Acrobat Reader free from Adobe.

Records Appointment

If you decide to proceed with treatment after your consultation appointment, records are then made to allow Dr. Simontacchi-Gbologah to confirm his diagnosis and to document the state of your teeth, gums, and bones before treatment begins. Complete diagnostic records typically include study models of the teeth, photos of the patient's face and teeth, and X-rays. This information is used to develop a custom treatment plan that addresses the unique needs of each patient. These records are also helpful in tracking the progress of treatment as the teeth move under orthodontic care.

After the doctor has thoroughly evaluated your diagnostic records, we'll explain your treatment to you in detail, including the cost for your particular case.

For our patient's conveniences, we offer low radiation digital X-rays on-site. 

Regular Appointments

After the records appointment, we'll be ready to schedule an appointment to have your new appliances (braces, expanders, etc.) placed. That process usually takes about one hour. You'll then see us at regular intervals of four to eight weeks for adjustments, which take about 15 to 30 minutes.

Patients are seen by appointment only. We make every effort to be on time for our patients and ask you to extend the same courtesy to us. If you cannot keep an appointment, please notify us immediately.