Orthodontic treatments have come a long way since the early days of dentistry. Technology is better. Treatments are less invasive. Perceptions have changed. And the overall experience is more pleasant. And it’s not just for kids either. More and more adults are getting orthodontic treatment because they understand the importance of a healthy smile.
All that being said, we know there will be some hesitation about getting orthodontic treatment. That’s why we’re always ready to address your concerns and clear up any misconceptions you may have.
To get you acquainted with the procedure, here is a synopsis of the things you can expect once you’ve made the decision to improve your smile.
NOTE: Diagnostic records may be required during your first appointment. Typically, there is an extra fee involved. For faster service, we invite you to fill out the patient form beforehand and bring it in at the time of your appointment.
You can download it here.
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When we first meet, you’ll need to fill out a medical and dental questionnaire. The visit will consist of a preliminary exam to evaluate your situation and, if you don’t already have one, an
x-ray that we will take here in our office.
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When the examination is done, the orthodontist will share his/her assessment with you and let you know if you or your child will require treatment. If yes, we’ll explain the type of orthodontic appliance that we think will do the best job for your diagnosis (braces, Invisalign, functional appliance).
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Next, we’ll tell you what you can expect if you follow through with the treatment including the length of time you’ll need, and the cost/payment options involved. Should you decide orthodontic treatment is not right for you, we’ll also discuss any potential dental health problems you might face in the future.
The first consultation normally lasts approximately 60 minutes. Our goal during this meeting is to give you a fair, objective assessment of your dental health, answer all your questions, and alleviate any fears you may have.
We ask that you bring any reports or x-rays that were given to you by the referring dentist. If you are wearing an appliance, night guard or retainer, we’ll need to see that as well. When all is said and done, we want this to be an enjoyable experience that leads to a beautiful, healthy smile you will be proud of for the rest of your life.