What to Expect at Your First Orthodontic Exam

If you have been referred to an orthodontist by your general dentist, it is only natural that you will want to know what to expect at your first orthodontic exam. There will be a few “administrative” things you will need to complete, like new patient forms to get started.

You will need to provide insurance information and health history. Then you will meet the orthodontist, and the exam will begin.

How Long Will The Exam Take?

Plan on spending about an hour to an hour and a half at your initial exam appointment. You will not be in the exam room for the entire time, but you will have to fill out paperwork, and potentially have x-rays done.

The Exam

The orthodontic exam looks at a few things to determine what orthodontic treatment is best for your condition:

  • The position of your teeth. If you have any teeth that are turned or crooked, that will be noted during the exam.
  • Your bite. A bite test will be done to see how your teeth meet up.
  • Your jaw will be examined to check for popping, clicking, and function.

The orthodontic exam is not painful, but it is necessary to determine how the orthodontist can best help to improve the position of your teeth.

The exam may also include x-rays if it has been a while since you have had x-rays at your general dentist visit. In some cases, the orthodontist may order new x-rays because a different view of your mouth is needed.

Treatment Options

Once the orthodontic exam is complete, the orthodontist will discuss treatment options. Not everyone that goes to the orthodontist gets braces. Although braces, in many cases, are the right option. Braces are not just for kids anymore, according to Humana, about 25% of orthodontic patients are adults that need braces.

You may be given more than one treatment option to choose from. The orthodontist will help you to make the right choice for your lifestyle and your budget. Payment options will also be discussed at this visit. Once a decision is made, a treatment plan will be designed specifically for you.

Your Next Appointment

At the end of your initial orthodontic exam, an appointment will be scheduled to start your treatment. You are only a couple of appointments away from improving your smile and your oral health. Book an appointment today. Your initial consultation at David Ross Orthodontics is 100% free!