Learning that your child needs braces shouldn’t be a stressful event. The pediatric orthodontist and staff will walk you through the process, answer questions, and help you understand it. Let’s talk about what will happen at your early orthodontics exam.
What to Expect
The first appointment will usually involve meeting the dentist and staff and touring the office so that you are comfortable in the environment. After that, your child will undergo a very thorough exam including photographs and x-rays of the teeth and mouth to determine if braces are needed. Subsequently, the orthodontist will give a diagnosis and recommend a course of treatment.
If your child needs braces, the orthodontist will take impressions of the teeth to help with the treatment plan. Meanwhile, you will receive an estimate of the cost of treatment, what your insurance will cover, and financing options. In addition, the staff will also discuss the estimated length of treatment and frequency of appointments.
What Happens Next?
If you choose to move forward with treatment, you will schedule an appointment to have the appliances placed. The staff will explain the importance of dental hygiene and how to properly care for the appliances.
Normally, your child will need an appointment every 6-10 weeks to measure progress, make adjustments and review hygiene practices. While the orthodontist and staff are important, the patient is crucial. The patient should always feel comfortable and understand process. If you have any questions, always ask!
Early Orthodontics in Chicago
If you think your child may need orthodontics, contact Dr. Smith today to schedule an appointment.