What to Expect From Your First Appointment
Many orthodontists start off with introductions to the staff and a tour of the office. This helps patients feel more comfortable and at ease.
The goal of the first appointment is to determine if treatment is needed and, if so, where to start. A thorough clinical examination is given. Photographs and x-rays of the teeth and mouth will be taken. The orthodontist will give a diagnosis, explain any orthodontic problems and recommend a course of action.
If it is determined treatment is needed, impressions of the teeth will also be taken. These will be used to help determine an individualized treatment plan. You will be given an estimate of the treatment costs and staff will review your insurance benefits. Financing options and payment plans will be discussed.
Recommended appliances, such as retainers, braces, or expanders, will be described in detail. You will also receive an estimate as to the length of time the treatment will take and frequency of appointments. The consultation typically takes one to two hours.