What You Need to Know About Orthodontics Before Your First Visit


Going to your first orthodontist appointment is an exciting time. It is a chance for us to get to know you and for you to get to know us. It is also the first time that you’ll get an understanding of what the future of your teeth-straightening journey will bring, and what to expect along the way. We will walk you through the process step-by-step to make sure you are comfortable with and understand the treatment plan, which leads us to…

What Questions to Ask During Your First Visit

  • Is there an age limit for dental braces or Invisalign?
  • What type of training does my orthodontist have and is there a difference from a general dentist?
  • Is my bite important to the straightness and aesthetic of my teeth?
  • Will my consultation be free?
  • Will I need treatment and how long will it be?
  • How often will I have appointments?
  • Is there a contract?
  • Will treatment be painful?
  • Will I require a retainer after treatment?
  • What do I need to do to take proper care of my braces?
  • What if I have metal allergies?
  • How much will it cost and are there payment plan options?

Let’s Make a Plan

Each patient is unique and will require treatment that is specific to their needs. Our job is to make sure we determine the correct process and procedure necessary to correct any problems, and when treatment should begin. To start we will take photographs of the teeth in their present condition. Then we will take x-ray images to examine the teeth more in depth. These images will allow us to see what is happening beneath the gums, such as teeth that are still below the gum line (which may determine whether tooth extraction is necessary) and the growth of the jawbone and joints.

In many cases, we will need to make a mold (impression) of your teeth. This way we can take a closer look at your bite, understand the problem, and determine how best to treat it. We will fill a tray with a soft material, have you bite down on it for a brief moment, then use that impression to create and exact mold of your teeth in our lab.

On to the Exam

Now that we have all the stuff we need; it is time to design a treatment plan that will work for your specific situation. We will look at your dental records, current and past images, and review your molds. We may also ask questions, such as does your jaw click or make noise, do you have any problems chewing, or do you grind or clench your teeth. All this information is gathered to make a proper diagnosis, which will help us finalize your treatment plan. All within your first visit.

Discuss Treatment Options

There are times when treatment will not be necessary and we will recommend that you allow your teeth to continue to naturally do their thing. However, if we do detect a problem, this is when we will discuss your options. Depending on the development of your jaw and teeth, treatment may begin immediately or at a later time. Some treatment plans may require teeth to be extracted before we can begin.

After we have determined your treatment plan, whether you are starting now or later, this is when we will discuss fees and payment options. Treatment will only begin after all and any questions you may have are answered. We want to make sure you are comfortable with the entire process.

After your first visit, we want you to leave our office feeling confident and have a better understanding of the treatment process. We can help you get the smile that you have always dreamed of. Contact us today and take the first step towards getting a dazzling smile.


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  • I like what this article recommends about the questions you should ask before going to the orthodontist. It makes sense that knowing how long the appointments will be as well as what sort of treatments they have would be helpful. I’ll have to make sure to ask all of these when my son gets braces just to get all the information possible.

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