Going to the orthodontist can be a nerve-wracking experience, especially if you don't know what to expect. To help you prepare for your appointment, there are several things you can do to ensure that your visit goes smoothly. Before your appointment, it's important to clean your teeth thoroughly. Taking a selfie before your appointment can also help the orthodontist get a better idea of your teeth and mouth.
Additionally, running your tongue over your teeth can help you identify any sharp spots that may need to be addressed. Having a pain reliever handy is also a good idea in case of any discomfort during the appointment. It's also important to eat soft foods before and after the appointment. Stock up on soft foods such as soups, mashed potatoes, smoothies, oatmeal, jelly, yogurt, cottage cheese, and pudding.
This will help make sure that your teeth are not damaged during the appointment. When you arrive at the orthodontist's office, you'll sit in a dental chair and the orthodontic technician or assistant may take computer x-rays or photographs of your mouth and teeth. The orthodontist will consider this information combined with your general medical history before making further decisions. The orthodontist usually provides 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.
Your orthodontist will develop an initial treatment plan after reviewing your records and completing the exam. At some visits, the orthodontist may simply check that the braces are in place as they should be. It's common for children to see an orthodontist, but adults can also benefit from having a beautiful smile. To make sure you're prepared for your next orthodontist appointment, here are some tips: Clean your teeth thoroughly before the appointment; take a selfie; run your tongue over your teeth; have a pain reliever handy; eat soft foods; brush your teeth after eating; stock up on soft foods; and be prepared for x-rays and photographs.
Additionally, make sure to ask about wax if you're having trouble with sharp spots on orthodontic appliances. It's important to visit an orthodontist before the age of 7 so that any problems can be detected in time. And since some insurance doesn't cover the orthodontist, it's important to have financial options available. Going to the orthodontist doesn't have to be a stressful experience if you're prepared.
By following these tips and being aware of what to expect at your appointment, you can ensure that it goes as smoothly as possible.