Office Information

Welcome

We are beginning a long-term relationship with you that we know will be enjoyable and of great benefit. Remember, we are partners in achieving the best results for you.

Our goal is to give you healthy, attractive teeth through an individualized program of care. The length of treatment and degree of success will depend, in part, on your cooperation. Your treatment will be most effective if you keep appointments, maintain your appliances and follow instructions. Daily attention to your braces and other orthodontic appliances is important. Remember to brush regularly and limit sugar in your diet. Avoid eating hard or sticky foods.

Please continue to visit your family dentist regularly-usually every six months. Our treatment will not affect your normal dental examinations. We love to work with our general dentistry partners for your best smile.

You have our commitment to provide the best orthodontic care. We take great pride in having a fun, friendly environment but we also are very serious about the quality of our care. If you have any questions or concerns at any stage of treatment, please share them with us.

Thank you for the opportunity to be of service. We welcome you to our office.

Philosophy

officepic_new0720.jpgRecommendations for treatment are explained at a consultation time set aside specifically for you. Our goal is to ensure that you receive the best possible information concerning your treatment options. Our time investment in patient education enables us to render the best possible outcome for your orthodontic treatment.

Mission Statement

Our orthodontic practice is dedicated to providing the finest quality orthodontic treatment in a friendly, enjoyable, respectful and caring team environment.

Our goals are to:

  • Create results that exceed our expectations and those of our patients    
  • Create an enthusiastic and dedicated staff
  • Create excited and confident referrals
  • Create extremely satisfied patients with wonderful smiles and excellent bites

Office Hours and Appointment Policy

It is our intent to stay on schedule at all times. We have designed our schedule to accomplish this by scheduling appointments according to specific procedures at specific times during the day. Your time is valuable and we want to respect that by staying on schedule as much as possible.

  • Our office hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. We are closed for lunch on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

  • If you find that you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment, please call the office 48 hours in advance. We reserve the right to charge $50 for appointments missed or cancelled without at least a 48-hour notice. If an appointment is missed, please call the office as soon as possible to reschedule.

  • Please call the office to schedule emergency appointments. Emergencies are seen on a daily basis and can be scheduled accordingly.

  • From time to time, long appointments will be necessary. We find it works best for patients if these are scheduled early in the day at or before 2:30 p.m.

  • We find it works best during the school year to alternate appointments, one morning appointment followed by an afternoon appointment. We realize this may be an inconvenience, but we have found this to be the only way to be fair to all our patients and continue an on-time schedule while maintaining the quality of care with which we are concerned. Many of our patients find that our early morning appointments and lunch appointments (11:30-1:00) work well for them. We will work with our patients as much as possible to schedule convenient appointments.

  • We are committed to running on schedule and make every effort to do so. We ask that you please show the other patients, and us, the same courtesy. If you are running late for your appointment, please call our office. On occasion, it may be necessary to reschedule your appointment.  

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Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

The goal and benefit of orthodontic treatment is the achievement of function, balance and harmony between the teeth and face for a lifetime of beautiful and healthy smiles. Orthodontics not only improve your appearance, it also relieves unnecessary strain and discomfort that occurs when teeth do not meet properly. An attractive smile can greatly enhance a person’s self-esteem and self-confidence, which adds to one’s quality of life. A great bite enhances the health of your teeth and your smile.

Working With Your Family Dentist

One key to helping you achieve your ideal smile is working closely with your family dentist. We are always in close communication with your dentist throughout your treatment in our office. Since much of your orthodontic treatment is dependent on good oral health, this contact is essential to provide you with the highest quality results in the shortest amount of time. While you are receiving orthodontic treatment, you should continue to see your family dentist to have routine follow-up care and dental cleanings, usually every six months or as otherwise advised by your dentist. 

Attractive Options

Several options are available to patients concerned about the appearance of braces. We feature the Damon® bracket system in either mini stainless steel or clear brackets, as well as Invisalign®, to provide you with choices to enhance your smiles during treatment.

Digital Radiography

Dr. Clinebell and his staff use state-of-the-art digital radiography. We use the Cone Beam Computer Tomography images. The extreme sensitivity of this form of radiography allows up to a 90% reduction in the amount of radiation required compared to a standard film-based unit. Digital radiography also allows us to “zoom” in on certain areas to better visualize and diagnose certain problems.

Computers

Our computer system is designed to efficiently manage the most complex information in the dental industry. Our system handles treatment and payment plans. We make sure our computer system takes care of the technicalities so that you are provided with the most up-to-date information available.

Imaging

Our computerized imaging program assists us in predicting growth patterns in children and accurately diagnosing skeletal discrepancies.

Patient Protection

In the last few years, patient protection has become an issue of public concern. It has become necessary for health care facilities to consistently apply state-of-the-art sterilization and disinfection techniques to provide patients with maximum protection.

To ensure your safety, we follow a number of standard sterilization procedures with all instruments and handpieces. They are brought into our sterilization area and placed in an ultrasonic cleaner to remove all microscopic debris. The instruments and handpieces are then rinsed thoroughly before being sterilized in an autoclave, which runs for 20 minutes and reaches a temperature of 400-425 degrees, thereby destroying all bacteria and all viruses.

All of our autoclaves are checked weekly by an outside company to ensure their efficiency and safety.

All staff members are updated annually in proper patient protection procedures and have been vaccinated against the Hepatitis-B virus. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding patient protection and give you a personal tour of our sterilization facility.

We follow HIPAA guidelines as outlined by the American Dental Association. We are committed to protecting your privacy.