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Your first visit to an orthodontist’s office is an exciting time!
It's a chance for us to get acquainted, and for you to learn about the orthodontic treatments and services we offer, like braces and Invisalign.
During the first visit you should plan to spend at least an hour with us. Setting aside that hour ensures us the time to thoroughly address your needs and allow you plenty of time to ask any questions you may have.
Our procedure starts by taking a set of regular photographs of your teeth in their present state and radiographic (X-ray) images. These pictures allow us to see what's going on underneath the gums: the position and growth of bones and joints, and the teeth that are still below the gum line.
Once this is complete, Dr Miller will begin by looking at your dental records and images. Besides looking in the mouth, she may also ask you some questions. For example: do your jaws make noise when you open and close your mouth, or do you have any problems chewing or swallowing? With this information, Dr Miller will be able to make a proper diagnosis and compose a treatment plan for you.
Discussing Your Options
Based on Dr. Millers findings, we might recommend beginning treatment right away or waiting until a later time. This is dependent on the developmental stage of your teeth and jaws.
If we suggest waiting, many times we'll advise you to return for a periodic checkup until we determine that it's time for treatment to start.
At this time during your first visit we will also discuss the specifics of your treatment plan, treatment fees and payment plan options.
Whether you're starting now or later, this part of the visit is the best time to ask questions about the process. We can talk about available orthodontic treatment choices, answer general questions about what to expect at the different stages of the journey, and address anything else you wish to discuss.