Now that every aspect of life is done a little differently, some orthodontists are offering virtual consultations and follow up appointments. An orthodontic consultation is like a pre-treatment meeting with your orthodontist to review any ideas that you have and answer any questions you need answered.
Why you need an orthodontist consultation
Anymore there are way more than just one type of orthodontic appliances that you can get. Besides the metal braces we all know, there are clear aligner trays, ceramic braces, palate expanders, head gear, reverse pull head gear, oh my! How can you sort it all out and keep everything straight?
An orthodontist consultation is the best way. But you may be wondering what to expect from an orthodontist consultation. And after that consultation is done, you might wonder what to do about paying for your braces.
So what might you learn at this initial consultation? You may have bite issues, or malocclusions, that your orthodontist will talk to you about. Or you may have a baby tooth that just never came out so it is blocking the adult tooth behind it. You might also have a gap between your teeth that needs to be closed.
Why do you need to correct these issues? One of the biggest reasons is to bring your teeth and jaws into proper alignment. This means you can chew food correctly which improves digestion, and once your jaws line up properly, you may even experience less jaw tension or pain in the TMJ.
Let’s learn a bit more about orthodontist consultations.
What to expect from an orthodontist consultation
At the initial orthodontist consultation, you will get to meet the staff, including the treatment coordinator. What does a treatment coordinator do?
- He or she is often the person you will spend the most time with when you come to the orthodontist office.
- The treatment coordinator will walk you through all the steps of your visit, from meeting the orthodontist, to working with the front office, to matching you up with the finance team who will go over your insurance and payment plans.
- Most of all your treatment coordinator will try to make sure you feel comfortable about the process.
So you will then meet your orthodontist and the office staff at the consultation appointment. They will take your medical history and give you a chance to talk about what apprehensions you might have about your teeth and jaws. This is also your time to talk to your orthodontist about your goals for your orthodontic treatment. He or she will check your teeth and gums, and you will likely have a full mouth X-ray taken. The X-ray is needed to be able to see what is going on under the gum line.
You can also look around to see what kind of equipment your orthodontist uses. Is it modern and state of the art? Or does it look like it’s from last century – and then realize that was 20 years ago and reflect on how much has changed since then in terms of technology.
Ask to see your orthodontist’s before and after photo collection. She/he is sure to have one –every artist has a gallery! This can give you an idea of what others who have similar dental issues experienced, and it will let you imagine what a beautiful smile you will have when your treatment plan is complete.
You should come into the orthodontic consultation meeting with some questions in mind. Here are some topics to think about:
- What are your options to treat your dental issues?
- What are your goals or desired outcomes?
- Do you need to have any teeth pulled first?
- How long will your treatment take?
- How much will this cost?
- How easy is it to make an appointment?
- Does the office offer weekend appointments?
You will get to learn about how to care for your braces while you have them on, including how to brush and floss. Keeping tartar and plaque at bay will be very important to your overall oral health.
One other factor to ask about is how easy is it to get to the office? You might have lucked out and gotten a light traffic day, so be sure to ask about what traffic is like on a typical day at the time you are likely to make your appointments for.
Then you will meet the finance team who can talk about how to pay for your treatment. The good part is, the initial consultation is typically free. You may or may not have insurance coverage, so your team will check that and see if you do. When you come to your initial appointment make sure you bring your dental insurance card or information so they can check. Let’s look into more ways to cover the cost of your braces.
How you can pay for your braces
There are several ways you can pay for your orthodontic treatment. Besides the free consultations, there are payment plans that you can work out that let you break up the cost of braces into monthly payments that are much easier to budget for.
You can also use the information you received about the cost of braces and use that to help put together an affordable plan. Not all braces are made the same, so while lingual braces are cool in that they are completely hidden from view, they are also the most expensive type of braces available because of the technical requirements involved with trying to affix and maintain them. You can choose the treatment option that is best for you.
Your initial orthodontic consultation is where you can learn about what kinds of treatment you may need for your teeth and jaws. This is your chance to meet the orthodontist and his or her team, and to ask any questions you may have about your conditions or treatment plan. You can learn about the techniques and equipment he or she can use. You can find out how convenient it is to make an appointment, and if there are any weekend hours available. Even if you don’t schedule weekend appointments regularly, it’s nice to know they are there if you have an emergency. Then, go home, and dream about the beautiful smile that you will have when your treatment is all complete.
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