Your First Visit


First moments make up some of the most memorable times of our lives! Milestones are exciting, but they can also leave you feeling a little nervous. New adventures can be overwhelming even if you’re looking forward to them, and the unknown can be scary sometimes. Here at Alborzi Orthodontics we know treatment is a big decision and take your trust in us seriously. We want you to feel confident in our care throughout the treatment process and that begins with your first visit to our San Mateo or Half Moon Bay office!

Your first orthodontic visit with us is one of the most important ones you’ll have. This is our chance to get to know each other a little better as we discuss the concerns you have. We want this to be a rewarding and positive experience for you, so let’s take a closer look at what to expect from your complimentary consultation with Dr. Alexa Alborzi

The first step towards a healthier smile

At our two convenient office locations, you’ll be greeted warmly when you arrive. Dr. Alborzi will perform an oral examination and take X-rays if required. We’ll also use our iTero scanner to take digital images of your teeth and provide a simulation of your final results. This will give you a thorough understanding of what you can expect from your treatment. While observing your teeth, gums, and mouth, she may also ask if you’ve had any problems with chewing, swallowing, or opening and closing your mouth. The information obtained from your history, exam, and images will allow Dr. Alborzi to make an accurate diagnosis and recommend the best course of treatment for your smile.

Dr. Alborzi has helped over 8,500 children, teens, and adults transform their smiles with world-class orthodontics. Through her more than 25 years of experience, Dr. Alborzi has developed a unique ability to create healthier smiles in a fraction of the time – without headgear, extraction, or expanders! Dr. Alborzi is known to tackle some of the most complex orthodontic issues with minimal surgeries and maximum success. 

At your first visit, Dr. Alborzi and the team will take all the time you need to answer your questions. You can expect this visit to last a little longer than most, usually about an hour. That’s because we make time to discuss your diagnosis, the orthodontic process itself, and address any questions or concerns you may have at this point. You can expect us to cover topics like:

  • Any oral issues you’re experiencing
  • If treatment is needed immediately or if waiting is recommended
  • What treatment options are available to correct the problem
  • If any teeth will need to be removed
  • An estimate of how long we expect your treatment to take
  • The total investment required for treatment
  • Any payment or financing options we have available to you

At Alborzi Orthodontics, we build treatment plans around each patient’s unique needs, lifestyle, and goals. Customizing our approach in this way allows us to consistently produce superior results our patients love!

What types of treatment are available?

Alborzi Orthodontics offers a wide variety of orthodontic treatments available to patients of all ages, including traditional metal braces and clear aligner therapy.

Invisalign clear aligners

The Invisalign system uses a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable trays that straighten your teeth like braces. The aligners are made from SmartTrack material that is strong and durable. Invisalign aligners are invisible and removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Brushing and flossing are also less of a hassle with Invisalign. At Alborzi Orthodontics, over 85% of our patients choose Invisalign, from age 7 to age 70!

Damon Metal Braces

The Damon system of metal braces feature lighter, more comfortable brackets made of high-grade surgical stainless steel. Damon braces straighten your teeth, on average, 40% faster than traditional braces. This unique braces system eliminates the need for elastics, putting less friction on your teeth and providing an overall more comfortable braces experience.

Clear Braces

Sometimes called ceramic braces, this option works like metal braces but is made of clear materials and therefore a more subtle option. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger and are more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.

Investing in your new smile

After we’ve gone over all your treatment options and decided on a plan that fits your smile, we’ll take a look at the total investment needed for your new smile. Every case is different and each patient responds to treatment in their way, so the costs will vary from person to person. At Alborzi Orthodontics, you’ll never find any hidden costs and we’ll always make sure you understand exactly what to expect before treatment ever begins. 

We believe everyone should have access to the orthodontic care they need and the smile they deserve! Alborzi Orthodontics is proud to provide patients with affordable, high-quality treatment options. We offer convenient payment plans and accept most major credit cards. If you have dental insurance that will cover orthodontic treatment, our team will be happy to review your insurance information to maximize your benefits. We can even help with your claims and paperwork!

What happens next?

Once you’ve decided on a treatment plan with Dr. Alborzi, we’ll schedule an appointment for you to receive your new orthodontic appliance and start the active phase of treatment. Depending on the type of appliance you have, you can expect follow-up visits with us every 4-8 weeks or so. At these appointments, Dr. Alborzi will adjust your appliance if necessary and check that your teeth are moving safely and healthily.

These visits are an essential part of your orthodontic treatment, so you mustn’t miss them! We do our best to schedule you for a day and time that’s convenient for you, but we understand that life doesn’t always keep with our plans! If you’re running late or can’t make your appointment for any reason, just let us know as soon as possible and we can reschedule your appointment for another day. This will help keep your treatment plan progressing as it should be.

Your First Visit

Get world-class service with a hometown feel at Alborzi Orthodontics

Did you know that your smile is the first thing most people notice about you, and also the thing they’re most likely to remember? Alborzi Orthodontics will give you a beautiful smile that stands out! Our goal is to provide you with a positive and stress-free orthodontic experience from your first appointment to your last. Our offices are warm and welcoming spaces, and we use the latest techniques and technology to ensure your treatment is as comfortable and efficient as possible! 

If you’re in San Mateo, Half Moon Bay, or any of the surrounding communities, we’d love to meet you and take a look at your smile. For more information on how orthodontics could benefit you or your family, get in touch with us today to schedule a complimentary consultation! Now is the time to take the first step towards the healthy, beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.