First visit to the orthodontist - how to prepare and what is worth knowing?

first visit to the orthodontist

The first visit to an orthodontist can be stressful for many people. However, with awareness of what it looks like, as well as proper preparation, such stress can be reduced or even eliminated altogether. So let's check out the details to keep in mind, as well as what to do before such a consultation. We heartily encourage you to read on.

What does the first visit to the orthodontist look like?

It is worth remembering that the first visit to an orthodontic office is primarily informational and consultative. Thus, the purpose is primarily to assess what kind of defect we are dealing with, as well as to talk to the patient about possible treatment methods. During such a conversation, the orthodontist also learns about the patient's expectations and financial capabilities. This is because it is worth remembering that the price list for orthodontic treatment varies depending on the method used. The key, therefore, is to match it in the right way.

During such a consultation, basic parameters are also assessed, including the condition of the teeth, the width of the jaw, etc. It is also on the basis of these that the appropriate method of treatment will be adjusted, selected according to the complexity of the malocclusion.

First visit to the orthodontist with your child

The first visit to an orthodontist with a child looks similar, although the parent or guardian is the decision maker. In the case of the youngest patients, even more attention is paid to comfort and to making the whole procedure as stress-free as possible. Fortunately, the first visit is not painful, which makes the child more comfortable before subsequent visits, such as the fitting of permanent braces.

Many caregivers also ask themselves when such a child's first visit to an orthodontist should take place. Most often this occurs between the ages of 3 and 7, when all permanent teeth have already erupted. The visit should also be made when the child notices such symptoms as:

  • misalignment of teeth,
  • Harmful habits such as thumb sucking,
  • trouble to close the mouth,
  • breathing through the mouth,
  • Clenching teeth too tightly. 

In such cases, do not delay and it is worthwhile to schedule an orthodontic consultation as soon as possible. After all, if the defect develops, treatment may prove more time-consuming, but also more costly and less comfortable for the child.

How long does the first visit to the orthodontist take?

The duration of such a visit is in practice short and usually closes in the range of about 30 minutes, both for children and adults. It is also worth mentioning that the consultation is non-invasive and fully painless. That is why it should not be feared.

How much does the first visit to the orthodontist cost?

A common question is how much the first visit to an orthodontist costs. The price will vary from office to office, but usually starts from 200 zlotys upwards. This is because during it, a preliminary treatment plan is also made, which also affects the price.

What to do before the visit?

If we know that our teeth need to be treated, it's a good idea to do so even before the consultation. This will save a lot of time in many cases, as the teeth must be in good condition in order to begin the orthodontic treatment process. It is also advisable to have a pantomographic X-ray, which will allow us to assess exactly how the teeth are embedded in the bones.

Is a referral needed to see an orthodontist?

For private services, such a referral is not needed. So, if you consider that your bite requires such a consultation, you should simply sign up for it, without undue delay. This is because it is also worth remembering that in the case of some offices, waiting times may be longer. So it is best to make such an appointment as soon as possible.
The first visit to an orthodontist should definitely not be feared. Nor should you procrastinate, as the earlier the treatment is undertaken, the sooner you will be able to see the results.