New Patients

New patient? You are always welcome at our Grand Rapids dentist office. Developing strong relationships is a primary value at Van Haren Dentistry. We like to get to know people. Whether you are new to the Grand Rapids area or just want a better dental experience or second opinion, we invite you to contact our dental office at (616) 949-2941. 


The first visit to a dentist can be daunting. For a stress-free first visit, scroll down to learn more about what to expect.

Call us. Introduce yourself. We will take it from there.

Your first dentist visit will include three parts – a complete initial examination, a consultation with Dr. Van Haren, and a treatment plan (if appropriate).


  • The initial exam allows us to learn about you and your teeth and discuss your medical history. This introduction includes a full examination of your teeth and jaw, an oral cancer screening, a conversation about your care with prior dentists, and dental x-rays. (Note: If you already have recent x-rays from a prior dentist, we can help you transfer the x-rays to Van Haren Dentistry.)
  • Next, Dr. Van Haren will spend time getting to know you and discussing your individual dental needs and concerns. Once Dr. Van Haren has become familiar with your teeth, health, and concerns, he will recommend appropriate dental treatment, which will help you maintain a happy, healthy smile for years to come.
  • Before ending your visit, our dental team will help you understand the cost of any recommended treatment, your insurance benefits, and schedule your next appointment at our dentist office. Dr. Van Haren has earned the trust of patients from East Grand Rapids, Cascade, Ada, Kentwood and surrounding areas such as Grandville, Hudsonville, Lowell, and Rockford. We are confident he will earn your trust too.

Before You Arrive

Our office staff will help you schedule a dentist appointment as soon as possible – most often within one week. During your initial phone call, we will spend a few minutes gathering information. Feel free to ask questions. In order to expedite your check-in process as a new patient and keep you informed, we have a few forms for you to read and fill out. You can arrive early to fill out forms or download the forms here.

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