Patient Resources

Thank you for choosing Deborah L. Schafer Orthodontics for your family’s orthodontic needs.

You can feel confident knowing you have selected a highly qualified orthodontic team in Wayland.

Your initial consultation will give you the opportunity to meet our team, learn more about orthodontics, receive a complete initial exam, and find out which treatment options will best meet your individual needs. During your initial consultation, we will: review your dental and medical history forms, perform a complete oral exam, look at your X-rays and determine whether treatment is necessary. We will also help you create a customized treatment plan.

Our team will be glad to answer any questions you may have, and we will provide all the information you need to determine which treatment is right for you. Please contact our practice to schedule your initial consultation.

Please refer to the "Office" tab for more information about our office. Including operating hours, payment options, appointment information and more.

highly qualified orthodontic team in Wayland

Are you a new patient?

New patients can learn everything they need about their first visit by reading the following.

You’ll find directions to our office and details about what to expect at your first visit. We encourage you to print and complete the registration forms conveniently provided in advance of your first visit to save time.

Please print and fill out these forms so we can expedite your first visit:

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Your First Visit

Initial Exam

Your first appointment is an exciting time! It's a chance for you to learn about the treatments and services that can help give you the best smile possible. It all starts with the initial exam. A big part of the first visit is to determine what treatment is necessary to correct any problems found, and whether treatment should begin now or wait until a later time. Dr. Schafer will also decide if any diagnostic records need to be taken during this visit.

Following the exam, you may be told that things are just fine, or treatment may be recommended. It might begin right away or at a later time, depending on the developmental stage of the teeth and jaws. Many times, you'll be advised to return for periodic checkups until it's time to start.

Whether you're starting now or later, the first visit is the best time to ask questions about the process. Topics to discuss include treatment choices, what to expect at the different stages of the process, and any of the following:

  • Can orthodontic treatment benefit me (or my child)?
  • What general procedures will be used to correct the problem?
  • Are any options available (or recommended) for my treatment?
  • Should I get treatment now, or is it better to wait?
  • Will tooth extraction be necessary?
  • How much does treatment cost? Are payment plans available?
  • How long do you expect treatment should take?

When you leave the office, you should have a better understanding of how you can get the best possible smile. Allow at least 30 minutes for the initial exam appointment.

Records Appointments

In order for Dr. Schafer to determine the correct course of treatment, complete diagnostic records will need to be taken. The records consist of a series of x-ray images, study models, facial photographs, and dental photographs. This appointment will take approximately 45 minutes.

Consultation - Discussing Your Treatment Options

After gathering the diagnostic records, Dr. Schafer will formulate a comprehensive treatment plan that will address the patient’s existing orthodontic problems. All the treatment options will be presented and explained to the patient and family. After this appointment, orthodontic treatment can begin.

If you want to learn more about our services, contact Dr. Deborah L. Schafer at Schafer Smiles to schedule a consultation. Call our Wayland, NY location that serves the surrounding areas of Dansville, Bath, Hornell, Naples and Canisteo, NY at 585-728-3830 today!