What happens at my first visit?
Your orthodontist will carry out a thorough examination of the face, the jaws and the teeth. This is usually followed by radiographs (X-ray examination) and impressions (moulds) of the teeth. These records will help your orthodontist diagnose the underlying problems with your bite correctly, and formulate a suitable treatment plan which aims to straighten your teeth perfectly, improve your bite and give you an attractive smile.
You may be having the consultation with a view to having orthodontic treatment, or for a second opinion, or just to see what options are available for improving your smile. A primary purpose of your consultation appointment is to listen to your views and concerns about your bite and dental/facial appearance, and assess what result you hope for from any orthodontic treatment.
At your first visit, there will be a preliminary chat to get to know you, and to talk about your orthodontic problems and possible treatment.
In many cases, your orthodontist will need an opportunity for a careful and meticulous study of the records he has taken in order to arrive at a considered decision regarding your treatment plan. You may therefore be invited to make another appointment in which we could discuss your orthodontic problems and customised treatment plan in detail.
You will also have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have at this discussion appointment.