It is a general fact that the majority of patients in any orthodontic practice will be school age children and adolescents. It would make sense that with only a limited number of “after school appointments”, we SHARE the before school or after school appointment times among ALL of our patients. Please understand that it will be impossible to accommodate you or your child with a non-school time visit for EVERY appointment.
If it is absolutely necessary that you or your child must always have a before school or after school appointment time, we will happily accommodate you so long as you understand that it WILL LIKELY add treatment time to the overall orthodontic treatment plan. The fact that no orthodontic office can fit every student into the lesser number of non-school time appointments means that a later appointment will likely not be found at the time interval recommended by Dr. Krieger. So, if one needs to be scheduled 2 weeks later than desired because this is the only available non-school time appointment, two weeks has potentially just been added to treatment. Understanding that all parents face the same struggles with non school appointments will go a long way towards creating a fair system that will meet the needs of everyone most of the time.
Please also note that we perform certain longer appointments at times when Dr. Krieger can devote undivided attention without the before and after school “crush” of appointments. The following are some details regarding treatment in our office.
Normal Patient Treatment Office Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 8AM-5PM
Typical Appointment Intervals to Our Office: Every 6-8 weeks, with the
understanding that from time to time we may need shorter intervals.
Braces Placement Appointments: Scheduled between 9AM-2PM because it requires precise attention at a less crowded time of day.
Removal of Braces Appointment: Scheduled on one specific day each month. We like to take the time and celebrate our patient’s getting their braces removed with a “Debond Party”.
Emergency Appointment Times: Are scheduled 8AM-4:30PM on Monday’s & Friday’s OR Tuesday-Thursday between 10AM-2PM so that attention may be given at a less crowded time of day.
By signing below, I am acknowledging that I have received this notice & understand that while Krieger Orthodontics will do its best to offer early or late appointments, I will be unable to have every orthodontic appointment before or after school.