Your first visit with your orthodontist can be the start to a healthy and productive partnership. Embarking on a journey into the world of orthodontics could be confusing without the help of an expert, and your journey will begin with a comprehensive examination.
The complete or comprehensive exam will enable your orthodontist to collect a set of information that will provide clues about your oral health. Digital x-rays will provide an in-depth view of your mouth, head, and jaw. Photographs may also be taken in order to document your facial appearance, profile, jaw line, and even the shape of your lips. Quite often, dental impressions will also need to be taken to record the exact dimensions of your mouth and teeth. These impressions are used to create study models which will aid in the development of your treatment plan.
After collecting the necessary information, your orthodontist will sit down with you to discuss your orthodontic options. You will receive information about your teeth, jaws, and alignment as well as an explanation of the appropriate solutions. You will be encouraged to view your x-rays and pictures and then ask questions or express your concerns. Your input will help to focus and personalize your treatment in order to achieve the healthiest and most ideal outcome.
Remember that the initial evaluation and consultation will serve as an introduction to your options. It should be interesting and informative, without pressuring you into beginning treatment. In fact, the active phase of treatment, which may involve the placement of braces or other appliances, will not typically take place until the second visit if you elect to move forward with the proposed treatment.
During your consultation, along with the presentation of your treatment options, you will also be provided with any relevant financial information. This will include an explanation of the treatment fees, an estimate of your insurance coverage, and information regarding the office’s payment policies.
With a complete picture of the orthodontic procedures, you’ll be confident as you move forward towards a healthy and straighter smile. To arrange your consultation, contact our team at Bunn Orthodontic Group. Call 210-921-9191 for an appointment today.