When a patient attends for an orthodontic consultation there is a charge of €80 . The alternative approach of offering so called “free” consultations can only mean that the cost of the “free” consultations is borne by the patients who proceed with treatment.
I do not view the orthodontic consultation as an opportunity for me to market orthodontic treatment.
The orthodontic consultation will take approximately one hour so it is important that you can attend for this length of time . Normally it is necessary to take x-rays and photographs to establish a diagnosis , these are included in the cost of the consultation.
If a patient is too young and it is not possible to diagnose any possible orthodontic problem you will be offered a review appointment which is in included in the initial consultation fee .
When I am conducting a consultation I simply ask myself what would I do for this patient if they were a family member or a close friend . I am aware that patients are attending for individual advice and wish to know what orthodontic treatment would offer them and indeed if it is appropriate in their case . I genuinely look at the consultation as an opportunity for me to offer professional advice in a caring manner after conducting a detailed examination of the patient. The patient is paying for this advice .