What Should I Expect At My First Orthodontic Appointment?

If you’re reading this, it’s probably because your general dentist has referred you for further assistance with a specific issue. Before you step into our office, the team at Thacker Orthodontics wants to offer you a glimpse inside and provide you with some insights on this question: What should I expect at my first orthodontic appointment?

What’s an Orthodontist?

This may have been covered by your dentist, but just to refresh:

  • Orthodontists like Dr. Jim and Dr. MaryEvan are dental experts focused on diagnosing, preventing, and remedying teeth alignment and jaw structure problems. With extensive education and training, we tackle issues like malocclusion, overbites, underbites, and other orthodontic issues. Our main goals during treatment are to improve overall oral health and function while also enhancing aesthetics.

Treatment Options

Usually, there are three courses of treatment in an orthodontist’s office, including our own:

  1. Metal braces are a timeless option, providing traditional effectiveness suitable for individuals of all ages. They are often the most budget-friendly choice. During consultations at our office, we thoroughly examine the advantages and disadvantages of each option, yet metal braces continue to be one of the most favored choices overall.
  2. Clear braces offer the classic approach, providing traditional effectiveness suitable for all age groups. They are often the most budget-friendly option. During consultations at our office, we carefully weigh the pros and cons of each choice, but metal braces remain among the most popular options overall.
  3. Invisalign and Invisalign for Teens are custom-made, removable trays crafted in a laboratory to precisely fit a patient’s teeth. They are nearly invisible and are typically favored by adults or teenagers seeking a discreet orthodontic solution.

Several considerations must always be taken into account, such as the seriousness of the condition, the patient’s age, and financial limitations. Nonetheless, all options are trustworthy and dependable selections.

What Should I Expect At My First Orthodontic Appointment?

Preparing for Your Visit

Any time you visit a medical or dental office for the first time, it’s smart to be proactive. Here are a number of ways that you can help make your first visit go smoothly:

  1. Research and Gather Information: Take advantage of the resources available on our website and blog to familiarize yourself with orthodontic treatments and terminology. This knowledge will enable you to ask informed questions during your appointments and make well-informed decisions about your treatment. Additionally, take the time to research the credentials and background of the orthodontist before scheduling a consultation.
  2. Compile Your Dental History: Collect important information such as previous orthodontic treatments, surgeries, X-rays, and dental records. You can request these records from your previous dental office, ensuring that they are shared only with your current healthcare providers.
  3. Check Your Dental Insurance: Confirm your orthodontic treatment coverage under your dental insurance plan and ensure that the orthodontic office is within your network. Understanding copayments and deductibles in advance will help you plan for potential costs associated with your treatment.
  4. Identify Your Concerns: Reflect on your smile goals and any specific concerns you have regarding misalignment or other dental issues. Discussing your primary concerns with your dentist during your appointment will provide a starting point for further discussion and treatment planning.
  5. Consider Your Budget: Recognize that orthodontic treatment is an investment, even with insurance coverage. Inquire about available payment options and plans to manage costs effectively, ensuring that you can afford the treatment without financial strain.
  6. Be Open and Honest: Be transparent about your dental habits, concerns, and treatment expectations with your orthodontist. This open communication will allow them to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your needs effectively. While it may be challenging to share personal information, it is essential for achieving successful treatment outcomes.
  7. Bring a Friend or Family Member: If you experience dental anxiety, consider bringing a supportive friend or family member to your appointments. Their presence can offer comfort and assistance, particularly during initial visits. They can also help take notes and remember important information discussed during appointments.

Your initial appointment presents an opportunity to gather information, address any inquiries you may have, and chart the optimal path for your orthodontic requirements. We take pride in offering a complimentary first consultation at our office.

What Should I Expect At My First Orthodontic Appointment?

About Our Office

Your first appointment provides a chance to gather information, address any questions you might have, and determine the best course of action for your orthodontic needs. We are pleased to offer a complimentary initial consultation at our office.

  • We serve all ages. Kids, teens, and adults all face orthodontic issues. Our ability to deliver personalized care tailored to each individual’s specific needs ensures comprehensive treatment for everyone we serve.
  • We’re experts. Our doctors are cool for lots of reasons, one of them being that they spent many years in school to serve you with excellence. Our team is also vetted and passionate about making a difference through orthodontics.
  • We love our community. We are so proud to serve patients in Cincinnati and Hillsboro and love to enrich the lives of those around us. Making an impact through orthodontic treatment is something we are committed to.

If you’re interested in treatment with us, please reach out to our offices for more information. You can also opt for a virtual visit if you’re a current patient. We can’t wait to meet you!