What to Expect at Your First Orthodontic Appointment
What can you (or your child) expect at your first orthodontic appointment? We understand it might be unnerving for some so in our latest blog post we run you through exactly what is involved.
And our initial consultations are 100% free.
Initial Discussion with Myself and our Treatment Coordinator
When you come in you’ll meet with me and one of our Treatment Coordinator’s (Tracey, Di or Arthar). This is where you’ll be able to tell us what you want to achieve with your smile, and also discuss any concerns or issues you might have.
I will do a facial examination and our Treatment Coordinator will make notes on the computer for your patient file.
I will then talk you through the best personalised orthodontic treatment option for yourself or your child based on your needs and your (or your child’s) teeth. Treatment could include braces or clear aligners such as Invisalign or Spark.
Treatment Plan, Fees and Timeframe
After your facial examination and my treatment recommendation, our Treatment Coordinator will go through the treatment, including the cost and the expected timeframe i.e. approximately how long treatment will take.
Our Treatment Coordinator will send you a letter after your appointment detailing all of the information relating to treatment, fees and the duration of treatment (this may not always be known at the time of your consultation).
X-rays, Scans and Photos
Your first orthodontic consultation may also include X-rays, scans and photos. These are all taken so that I can tailor a personalised treatment plan just for you and your individual needs.
The X-rays are a very important diagnostic tool that help me work out how and where the teeth need to move in order to straighten the teeth and if needed, to correct the bite and align the jaw correctly.
An OPG (Orthopantomogram) X-ray produces a panoramic view of the jaw.
A cephalogram is an X-ray of the facial structures. A lateral cephalogram produces a side profile image of the face, jaws and soft tissues to assess the relation of the teeth to the jaws, the jaws to the skull, and the relation of the soft tissues to the teeth and jaws.
Using state of the art technology, we scan your teeth using our iTero scanner to show you the ‘predicted’ end outcome of your treatment.
We take photos at your initial consultation so we have a record of your teeth before treatment.
We will also take photos of your teeth including the upper and lower teeth and front on, as shown here.
At the end of your appointment, you’ll receive a TOC welcome pack, if you didn’t receive this prior to your appointment.
You won’t need to worry about payment because our consultations are 100% free!
After your appointment
After your appointment, we will send you a letter with details on your treatment and your photos too.
You might choose to go ahead with treatment on the same day – we can accomodate this if you let us know before your consultation.
Once you go ahead with your personalised treatment, you will see me at your appointments but also our professionally qualified Clinicians, and Clinical Assistants. My team and I work together to deliver your orthodontic care to get the best outcome possible.