Posted on August 11, 2021
Your first orthodontics appointment doesn’t have to be scary. In fact, each visit that you make will take you one step closer to getting braces and having that perfect smile you’ve always wanted. Most adults now are getting braces. Most people think that braces are for kids. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Braces are not just for kids – one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of eighteen. If you’re someone that is nervous or anxious about your first appointment, this blog is for you! Let’s look at some of the things you can do to make your first appointment go smoothly.
Since it’s your first time visiting your orthodontist, you’ll likely need to fill out some paperwork. Even if there is no paperwork to fill out, showing up early is a good idea so you don’t end up late and in a rush, which might unsettle you and make you anxious!
This is a crucial part of preparation. You should write down all your concerns and questions so you can go over them with your orthodontist. Having your questions answered will help you become less fearful or anxious and will help build trust between you and your orthodontist! If you are still anxious, let the orthodontist know so they can help you ease your anxiety and fear.
It’s a lot easier to handle situations when you know what to expect. During your orthodontics appointment you will get to choose rubber band colors and receive instructions on how to take care of the braces. You will also get to know how best you can brush teeth when you have braces. Apart from that, the orthodontist might tell you how to handle situations like having a broken wire on your braces.
For other patients, braces can result in some soreness. Fortunately, this is fairly easy to treat. There are some over-the-counter medications that you can use to deal with the pain. Knowing this information will make your first orthodontics appointment easy. There’s a high chance you won’t feel nervous or fearful if you know what to expect and how to handle it! If you have further questions about what to expect at your first orthodontist appointment, feel free to contact the friendly professionals at Dr. Teifer’s office.