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What to Expect at Your First Visit to the Orthodontist

Posted on January 9, 2023

Taking care of your dental health is as important as your physical health. According to WebMD, you should see your dentist every six months. Based on these visits your dentist may recommend that you see an orthodontist to correct an overbite, underbite, crossbite, or other dental problem. You may be nervous or curious about seeing an orthodontist for the first time so here is what you can expect when you visit the orthodontist.

Providing Insurance Information

When you first arrive at your appointment, you will be asked to fill out several documents. Those forms will collect insurance information and a brief health history. The receptionist will collect the forms and create a record based on the information you provide. It would be best if you answered any questions about your medications and any health problems honestly. Health conditions and medications can affect treatment outcomes so it’s very important information.

Having a Full Exam

You may need new dental imaging if your x-rays from the general dentist did not make it to the orthodontist’s office. It will take about 10 minutes to have new imaging done. In some cases, if your imaging is six months or older, you may have to have new x-rays to ensure that there haven’t been any changes in the last six months. Precautions are always taken during x-rays and certain exclusions can prevent you from receiving one, such as pregnancy, so be sure to notify your orthodontist of any conflicting medical conditions.

Meeting the Provider

You will meet with the orthodontic provider that will explain your options for treatment. Treatment options may include braces or other forms of teeth straightening processes. The provider will talk to you about your options and this stage is a great time to ask any questions you may have.

Scheduling a Follow-Up

If you proceed with the treatment, you will get an appointment to start the treatment. The provider and the dental hygienist will provide you with special instructions to prepare for your next appointment.

The entire appointment will take about one hour from walking in the door until you leave the office. Orthodontic offices are typically very organized and efficient. If your general dentist recommends seeing an orthodontist, you should make an appointment as soon as possible. Orthodontic treatment can improve the health of your teeth and improve your smile so give Today’s Orthodontics a call!

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