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Going to Your First Orthodontist Appointment? Here's What to Expect

We understand that visiting an orthodontist for the first time can be exciting and nerve-wracking. That's why we're here to walk you through the entire process, from when you schedule your appointment to when you leave our office with a confident smile.

This article will provide a step-by-step guide to help you feel at ease and make the most of your first orthodontist appointment with us.


On the day of your appointment, we recommend arriving a few minutes early to allow time for check-in and to complete any remaining paperwork.

Once you are checked in, our orthodontic team will introduce themselves and guide you to the consultation area. This is your opportunity to meet your orthodontist and discuss your concerns, goals, and questions. We believe open communication is vital to providing personalized care, so feel free to share any apprehensions or specific dental issues you are experiencing.

Our welcoming reception area is designed to help you feel comfortable, with complimentary refreshments and a friendly team ready to assist you and answer any questions about the various treatment options and related issues.

Paperwork and dental history

You'll be required to complete paperwork regarding your dental and medical history. This information is relevant, as it helps the orthodontics team better understand your unique dental issue and recommend efficient treatment after the examinations.

Initial oral examination

During your first appointment, your orthodontist will comprehensively examine your teeth, jaws, and facial structure.

This may involve taking X-rays, photographs, and impressions of your teeth. These diagnostic tools allow us to evaluate your oral health thoroughly and design a customized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs.

Discussion of results, treatment options, and timeline

Once your examination is complete, your orthodontist will review the results and explain the treatment options available to you, along with the pros and cons of each.

They will discuss the estimated duration of the treatment, the appliances that may be used, and any lifestyle considerations you should be aware of during the treatment process. This is also an excellent time to ask any questions regarding the treatment plan.

Ask the right questions

Some of the questions you may be inclined to ask include the following:

  • How long should you wear retainers after removing your braces?

  • What foods are you allowed to eat while wearing braces?

  • How regularly should you visit the orthodontist after getting braces installed?

Any questions you have will be duly answered, as our goal is to guide you through the best treatment options.

Review payment options and plans

The next step is to check out treatment costs while factoring in insurance. Some determining factors include the severity of your dental condition, length of treatment, and brace type.

Nevertheless, the average cost for braces and Invisalign aligners before insurance ranges between $2500 and $7000. Feel free to ask us any questions about orthodontic insurance and financial options, as we are dedicated to ensuring access to affordable orthodontic care

Schedule your next appointment

Before you leave our office, we will schedule your next appointment. Regular visits are crucial for monitoring your progress and making any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan. Our scheduling team will work with you to find convenient dates and times that fit your schedule.

Take the first step toward a healthier and confident smile today

Your first orthodontist appointment is essential to achieving the smile you've always wanted. And understanding what to expect will help alleviate any anxiety you may have, ensuring a smooth appointment. Get that transformed smile that enhances your oral health and self-esteem by booking an appointment today.


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