Patient Info

What Happens

At The Initial Consultation

Scheduling a personal consultation with Dr. Hardin and Dr. Aranda is the first step to your brand new smile.  Our doctors and staff are ready to get to know you; focusing on your needs and answering any and all questions you may have. 

Your confidence in the treatment process matters. Therefore, we will take the necessary steps to ensure you are knowledgeable about all of your options during the consultation with one of our providers.  We will go over your medical and dental history with you. We will give you a complete oral exam, along with X-rays. With the findings from your examination, we will then prepare a treatment plan that coincides with your personal needs. We also understand that affordability is important to you. Financial planning such as insurance requirements, payment plans, and additional details will be made clear and available to you so there are no unexpected surprises. 

Once your consultation is complete, we would like to offer the flexibility of same-day treatment should you wish to proceed with the mutually agreed upon treatment plan. We know your time is valuable, so what better time than now to get you started on the road to a beautiful smile.

“We want you to smile often — no matter what your age!”


Little Smiles, Big Difference.

Your child’s smile is one of the most precious sights to see every day. It is our job to make sure their smiles shine bright and stay healthy as they grow. Preventative care is one way to ensure that we stay on top of any issues, should they arise, as their adult teeth come in and their jaws reach their permanent alignments.  It is up to all of us to stay on top of our child’s oral care. With state-of-the-art technology advancing each and every day, our doctors and staff are here to assist with correcting any issues as quickly as we can.

Look for these signs that your child might benefit from an early orthodontic treatment:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth
  • Teeth that come together abnormally or don’t come together at all
  • Jaws and teeth that seem out of proportion to the rest of the face
  • Difficulty chewing or biting food
  • Consistent breathing through the mouth instead of the nose
  • Frequent sucking of finger or thumb
  • Jaws that pop or make similar sounds when opening and closing



Metal braces have been the customary choice for most orthodontic patients to date. Metal braces are used to treat common issues such as crooked teeth, misaligned bites, or jaws. 

Metal braces have come a long way since their inception. Comfort and customization have made wearing metal braces much more appealing. Metal braces are available in various colors and interchangeable colorful ligatures making the orthodontic journey much more fun. Metal braces, or metal brackets, make the treatment process faster, not to mention the cost of metal braces is less expensive, making treatment much more affordable.


iCAT 3D Imaging

As long as anatomical information is available, an orthodontist, in most cases, can quickly diagnose and plan. Unfortunately, 2D x-rays are not capable of the three-dimensional radiography needed for a successful diagnosis and a successful orthodontic plan.

Our i-CAT is fully dedicated to finding ways to reduce the amount of radiation exposure to patients while still retaining highly diagnostic images. High-quality images, low-dose options, and full-featured treatment planning software enhance features for highly effective planning in providing the best patient care. The i-CAT®FLX Cone Beam 3D system is designed to provide greater flexibility in scanning, planning, and treatment with a range of innovative features that deliver increased clarity and control.