What To Expect At Your First Orthodontic Appointment
Your first consultation with an orthodontist, and certainly with an orthodontist at the Pacific West Dental, Surrey office, is likely to last at least an hour. This gives you plenty of time to ask questions and for us to gather and share information.
After talking with you and reviewing your past and present medical and dental history, we may proceed with determining what treatment is necessary to correct any problems. We’ll typically do this with a visual examination of your teeth and also by taking regular photographs. Taking these photographs might be accompanied by seeking other relevant information, such as taking radiographic (X-ray) images, which allow us see the position and growth of bones and joints, and teeth that are still below the gum line. At the completion of this stage, we’ll be able to provide you with a tentative treatment plan.
We may also take an impression (mold) of the teeth in order to make a custom replica of your bite. This model helps us to understand the problem and how best to treat it. Following this, we will perform a detailed analysis of the records and images in order to give you a final diagnosis.
The final thing that happens on your first visit to the orthodontist at Pacific West Dental, is the finalization of a treatment plan. At Pacific West Dental, we’ll explain the plan in detail, including a clear presentation of fees, dental payment plan options and possible appointment schedules. Note, however, that we may also be giving you the great news, that no treatment is necessary at that time. Do remember that you can ask questions at any stage of our first meeting at Pacific West Dental and while talking with an orthodontist. In both the Surrey and Vancouver offices, we encourage you to ask questions, as it’s an important part of determining a treatment that is right for you.