Orthodontic Treatment: What to expect at the first appointment

Your initial appointment with your orthodontist will be the first step down the long path to a straighter, more appealing smile. As such, it’s important to get off to a good start. Knowing what to expect will help you set a good tone for all of the visits to follow.

Orthodontists collect a significant amount of data from patients in order to develop the treatment plan. This process begins with the initial consultation. The orthodontist will visually examine the alignment of the teeth and the jaws. The first visit may also involve x-rays and impressions to give a more complete picture of the alignment issues unique to your mouth.

Orthodontists can use different methods to reposition the teeth. They may use wires with traditional metal brackets or with brackets made of newer tooth-colored materials, like ceramics.

Orthodontic treatment doesn’t necessarily entail conventional braces anymore, though. The Invisalign system, which straightens the teeth through a series of clear plastic aligner trays, offers patients an option that allows them to see their results in real time.

The information gathered by the orthodontist will inform your treatment and determine which approach is most suitable for your case. At your first visit, your orthodontist also may be able to give you a very general idea of how the treatment process will unfold.

Additionally, the orthodontist may collaborate with another specialist, like an oral surgeon or a periodontist, when the patient’s issues go beyond the alignment of the teeth. The orthodontist may be able to tell you at this first appointment if you’ll need to consult with one of these practitioners at some point, too.

The benefits of orthodontics are significant, improving both your self-esteem and your oral health. You’ll set the stage for success with a good initial appointment, which is no more invasive than a typical dental exam.

Contact one of our experienced providers serving the DFW area to schedule your orthodontic evaluation today.