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Visiting An Orthodontist? Here Are The Things You Can Expect!

Thanks to orthodontic care, you don’t have to deal with crooked and misaligned teeth anymore. For the uninitiated, orthodontics is basically about correcting crowded, misaligned, and crooked teeth. Orthodontists specialize in correcting such concerns and can make teeth ‘move’.  Typically, orthodontists have a regular full-time degree in regular dentistry, besides additional two to three years of specialized training in orthodontic care. If you have a ‘bad bite’, you need to see an orthodontist. In most cases, your dentist will refer you to a known clinic like Here are the things you can expect on your first appointment.

The initial experience

The first appointment with your orthodontist doesn’t have to be expensive, although it can be extensive. Most dental clinics offer a low-cost or free appointment session, when you will meet the orthodontist in person and ask all the relevant questions. Initially, you don’t have to commit to the treatment. However, meeting your orthodontist is more than necessary, so that you know your options as far as correcting teeth issues is concerned. Since you will get to take a tour of the clinic and facilities on your visit, you can take a call on other aspects too.

Talking to your orthodontist

Orthodontists, much like regular dentists, are expected to be patient and communicative. On the first visit, he will seek a quick review of your medical and dental history. He would want to know more about the possible problems in your teeth and gums, besides understanding the concerns related to your smile and teeth appearance. He will do a thorough oral exam and will take a few x-rays, if required. Once you have an idea of the underlying problem, he will offer an initial line of treatment, with the right options, as required.

Ask your questions

As a patient, you need to know the basics of orthodontic treatments. How long will it take to correct the dental problem? How many sessions or appointments are needed? What about insurance? What is the comprehensive cost of the treatment. Ask these questions before committing to the treatment. Also, if the treatment is too expensive, you might be interested in knowing if you can make the payment in parts, and if that is allowed, what are the possible plans and additional costs, if any.

The orthodontist may also offer a few suggestions related to the treatment, even if that costs a tad more, so that you can take the right decision.

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