It's normal to feel a bit of apprehension before your orthodontic appointment. After all, you're about to embark on a journey that will involve pain, slight discomfort, and adjustments. But don't worry – with the right preparation, you can make the most of your visit and get the best results. Your first visit to the orthodontist is a combination of an introduction and an evaluation.
The orthodontist will examine your teeth, analyze your X-rays and facial photographs, analyze your bite, and determine the best course of action to improve your smile. They may also take computer X-rays or photographs of your mouth and teeth. Once a full evaluation is done, a staff member will outline the recommended treatments and analyze the cost of orthodontics and services. This is also an opportunity for you to ask questions and familiarize yourself with treatment options. If you're getting braces, the orthodontist will carefully place each bracket on each tooth. The technician or assistant may also shape (or print) the teeth by pressing a tray of sticky material onto the upper and lower teeth.Invisalign aligners are another popular option for straightening teeth.
These aligners are worn 22 to 23 hours a day and are typically changed every two weeks or as prescribed by your First Choice dental orthodontist. At some visits, the orthodontist may simply check that the braces are in place as they should be. If you start treatment in a large group office or in a corporate setting, ask if you will only be treated by an orthodontist. It can also be helpful to know what to expect at your next orthodontist appointment. Your orthodontist will give you an estimate of the duration of treatment using professional judgment and experience in similar cases. Many orthodontists suggest that children should see an orthodontist before the age of 7 so that any problems can be detected in time. Orthodontists have different schedules, so it's important to ask questions and check what appointments are allowed during the busiest times of the day.
The technician or orthodontist can also provide you with wax that you can use to cover any sharp spots on orthodontic appliances that bother you or that rub the inside of your mouth or gums. In conclusion, it's essential to prepare for your orthodontic appointment. Ask questions about treatment options, cost estimates, and duration of treatment. Be sure to check what appointments are allowed during the busiest times of the day.
And don't forget to bring wax to cover any sharp spots on orthodontic appliances that bother you or that rub the inside of your mouth or gums.