Orthodontics is a great way to get the smile of your dreams! Beyond cosmetic improvements, orthodontics can help correct jaw conditions, bite dysfunctions, and crooked teeth. If you or your child are experiencing any of these issues, an orthodontist may be able to help. Additionally, oral health is very important and an orthodontist can help to keep your oral health in tip-top shape! Keep reading to learn from Dr. Christopher Murphy and Dr. Lisa Peter Howard at Southern Maine Orthodontics about what to expect at your initial visit to the orthodontist.
When you arrive at the orthodontist for the first time, the staff will check you in and then you will have the opportunity to meet the doctor. They will take some time to look at your teeth and explain to you what your best treatment options are. During this time, the orthodontist will measure the person’s bite. This will help the doctor to detect any issues that will need correction. Additionally, you will have an X-ray taken of your mouth to give the orthodontist another look at your teeth in a different way. You may even have an impression, which is when the patient will bite into a try filled with a substance called alginate. This creates a mold of the person’s mouth and can help the orthodontist to have a look at the patient’s tooth placement.
From there, the orthodontist will have all of the information they need about the patient’s teeth and jaw. Now is the time for them to speak to the patient and caregivers about an effective treatment plan. They will also speak about the timeline and cost of treatment. The orthodontist will also answer any questions the patient and caregivers may have at this time. After this, treatment can begin! If you think orthodontic treatment may be right for you, please contact our office.