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The first visit to an orthodontic practice, whether the appointment is for children or adults, is considered a fact-finding mission. The orthodontist is simply trying to learn more about the issues the patient may be facing, and at the same time, getting the patient familiar with the orthodontist and his practice.
The visit will typically begin with a tour of the practice and introduction to the staff who will be assisting in the treatment process. This allows patients to determine if they will be comfortable in the environment. A patient’s comfort should always be taken seriously, and that should begin the moment a patient walks through the door.
Patients will need to provide a health history form for the orthodontist to review. This will help the orthodontist understand any underlying issues a patient may be facing that can affect the outcome of orthodontic treatment.
The next and most important step is a thorough physical examination. The orthodontist will need to gather as much information about the patient’s smile and make-up of the mouth as possible. This will most likely include digital photographic images for a patient’s teeth and mouth as well as a physical examination of the teeth and bite. Digital X-rays will be taken so that the orthodontist will be able to develop a clear picture of all issues a patient may face.
While a physical examination can show the orthodontist what is on the surface, an X-ray will allow the orthodontist to see what lies below. He will be able to look at the growth of the jaw and better determine what type of orthodontic care is needed.
“Once I’ve done a comprehensive exam, I can create a detailed and individualized plan for each of my patients,” says Dr. Kanani, who provides Langley Invisalign (http://www.vancouverorthodontics.com/
It’s important that patients ask their orthodontist to provide detailed descriptions of the treatment options proposed. Orthodontists can also provide images showing patients with similar issues and the results they achieved through treatment.
Patients will be given time to ask questions. Orthodontists should be open to questions from patients, including why the orthodontist recommends one treatment over another. Keeping an open dialogue throughout the treatment process will ensure expectations are met.
Patients should also be sure that all financial obligations are explained up front. Most orthodontist practices have a treatment coordinator who will help explain costs and how payments can be made.
Once patients have finished their initial consultation, they should be armed with everything they need to make the best decision about their orthodontic treatment. Together with an orthodontist they trust, patients can be on the road to a beautiful smile in no time.
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