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What to Expect at Your First Orthodontic Appointment

Are you considering braces as orthodontic treatment? Your first appointment is free!

The Treatment Coordinator will greet you and make sure you have all the necessary paperwork completed for your braces treatment. They will take free diagnostic records, including digital photographs and any necessary x-rays.

fry orthodontics office staffThe Treatment Coordinator will acquaint you with the office and the type of orthodontic treatments available such as metal and ceramic braces and Invisalign. Next, the doctor will conduct a thorough examination of the teeth, bite, and facial balance.

After the doctor listens to your smile goals, they will make recommendations on the best treatment options. The Treatment Coordinator will discuss the fee and payment options with you to help select a monthly payment plan that is comfortable and affordable for your family. If the patient is ready for treatment we may be able to start their treatment that day saving time away from work or school.

Complete Diagnostics Records

We take only the necessary x-rays to complete a thorough diagnosis. The orthodontist uses these records to develop a customized orthodontic treatment plan for each patient desiring braces treatment or Invisalign. These records are helpful in tracking the progress of treatment as the teeth move while under orthodontic care.


The first appointments to start metal or clear braces or Invisalign usually take from one to two hours. After these initial appointments, you will typically be seen every 4 to 8 weeks for an adjustment, which takes approximately 30 to 40 minutes. If you cannot keep an appointment, please call us as soon as possible so that we can help you reschedule and keep your treatment on track. If you need to cancel a visit it may be difficult to reschedule later in the day because after school appointments tend to be booked further in advance.

Payment and Office Policies


braces low monthly paymentsAt your first free exam with any of our Orthodontic Specialists in one of our Kansas City area offices, the Treatment Coordinator will present the treatment fee and payment options and discuss any insurance you may have to cover braces and Invisalign.

If you can provide us with your insurance information at the time you call for your appointment, we will gladly contact your insurance company and provide you with an estimate of your benefits before you come for the free exam, making it easier for you to know your out-of-pocket cost. You will be able to discuss fees and the different payment options before treatment begins.

We have payment plans to suit most monthly budgets, including a no-down-payment option and an interest-free option. We are able to file with most insurance companies and accept payments directly from the insurance company. We work hard to make orthodontics affordable.


In an effort to keep orthodontic fees down while maintaining the highest level of professional care, we have established this financial policy:

  • If full payment is made at the start of treatment, we will offer a 5% fee discount. (If you have insurance, we will offer a discount for payment of your portion of the fee that will not be covered by insurance.)
  • For your convenience, we accept all major credit cards. You may also choose to set up auto pay from your checking or credit card.

fry dental technicians officeIn cases of serious delinquency, treatment will be discontinued, although we will make every effort to accommodate patients with temporary difficulties. If you have additional financial questions feel free to contact one of Patient Advocates at 913-624-9990 or by email at


If you have insurance, our staff will help you to determine the coverage you have available. We ask that you assign your insurance benefits to us. The balance will be arranged for you to pay. We will help in every way we can in filing your claim and handling insurance questions from our office on your behalf. Stop by or call one of our Kansas City area offices today for more information or to schedule your free initial exam.