After filling out some new patient forms, your orthodontist will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth and discuss potential treatment options. In most cases, the orthodontist will need diagnostic records such as X-rays, photographs, and study models to confirm the final diagnosis and treatment plan. Some offices have the equipment to take their own records and other offices may refer you to a third-party lab that specializes in taking diagnostic records. Most of the time, you will have to make an appointment to have diagnostic records taken. However, some offices may be able to take your records during your first visit. Even without full records, your orthodontist should still be able to answer the following questions at your first visit:
After the records are reviewed by the orthodontist, he/she may want to discuss the treatment plan with you in more detail. Some orthodontists schedule a separate consultation appointment whereas others will conduct a telephone consultation. If everything sounds good after the consultation, you are scheduled an appointment to start treatment!
Different offices do things differently and this is just one common scenario of what to expect during your first visit. Just remember that, before you can start treatment with any orthodontics provider you will need:
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