First Visit


Your first visit to our office consists of meeting important objectives that will pave the way to a positive orthodontic experience. Most importantly, your first visit gives us the opportunity to discuss your individual needs as a patient in a relaxed and private atmosphere. Our treatment coordinator will invite you into our office and allow you to address your specific concerns prior to introducing Dr. Koropp. After Dr. Koropp completes a thorough orthodontic examination, checking your teeth, facial structures and jaw relations; he will address any orthodontic concerns and present you with your treatment options.

Our office uses both video imaging and visual aids to help you understand the process of orthodontics. Treatment time, cost, and any questions you may have will be discussed during this visit. Because exceptional customer service is a team-inspired goal of our office, we will try to go above and beyond your needs to make your orthodontic experience exceptional. This complimentary appointment allows us the opportunity to get to know you and your orthodontic needs. For your convenience, please complete the new patient form prior to your first visit.

We promise you a warm smile, friendly greeting, and a professional environment. We look forward to meeting you!

When to begin treatment

In accordance with the American Association of Orthodontists, Dr. Koropp recommends an initial examination no later than 7 years of age. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.

How treatment works

Braces use steady, gentle pressure to gradually move teeth into their proper positions. Dr. Koropp uses several different types of braces and state-of-the-art self-ligating brackets, which reduce treatment time and provide maximum comfort to our patients. Some patients may also be candidates to the Invisalign® treatment – the latest way to straighten teeth without braces.

Phase I & II Treatment

Phase I may begin as early as 8 or 9 years of age. This treatment may involve partial braces to expand and make room for developing teeth, correct a crossbite, overbite or underbite or help alleviate harmful habits that may impact the health and eruption of permanent teeth. Not all children need Phase I treatment (approximately 10% of our patients fit into this category).

Phase II involves full braces, which give maximum control over the movement of teeth. When all of the permanent teeth have erupted in the mouth, Dr. Koropp can completely finish the final correction of the bite and turned teeth at this phase, so the patient can enjoy a lifelong, beautiful smile.