to Expect at the First Visit
In the 21st century,
more men, women and children are seeking cosmetic dentistry
as well as services from an orthodontist than at any
other time in history. With this in mind, if you are
contemplating cosmetic dentistry or if you are planning
a trip to the orthodontist, you may be wondering what
in the world to expect on your first visit to the orthodontist
for cosmetic dentistry related purposes.
The Fear of that First Trip
Many people are afraid
of the dentist, but a first trip to the orthodontist
can cause extreme anxiety as well. This can be particularly
stressful if the patient does not know what to expect.
There are some standard practices that a patient can
expect during an initial visit to an orthodontist. This
first visit is typically an initial evaluation to determine
the future course of treatment and to decide the direction
to take the treatment, whether it would be braces or
some other therapy.
Plan on a Thorough Examination
The first orthodontic
appointment will consist of a thorough examination.
Potential treatment options will also be discussed.
The child will be evaluated and it will be determined
if the problem can be corrected by orthodontics. The
timeliness of the treatment will also be determined,
whether treatment should be delayed for growth, tooth
loss or eruption or other factors, including if any
permanent teeth need to be removed. Treatment options
will also be discussed during this important visit as
well as length of treatment, cost and payment options.
A Close Up Look at Different Orthodontic
Appliances -- A First Hand Viewing
The orthodontist may
use this visit to give the patient a visual representation
of each orthodontic appliance. This will show the patient
what methods are available and how viable they are for
the individual. It will also give an indication to the
patient how their treatment will progress. They will
have the opportunity to not only see each appliance
and treatment option, but ask important questions as