If your child has been referred to an orthodontist, it is normal to feel stressed out and a bit overwhelmed. Orthodontic care can seem complex, and you might worry about everything from how your child will feel to how you will pay for treatment. Fortunately, there is no need for concern. The pediatric orthodontics staff will walk you through each step of the process. Here is what to expect at your child’s first appointment and beyond.
Most pediatric orthodontics appointments begin with introductions and a brief office tour. This helps both you and your child to feel comfortable and takes away a lot of the nervousness that occurs in an unfamiliar environment.
Next, the orthodontist will want to determine whether your child needs treatment, and what procedure(s) might be the best. Your child will receive a complete clinical examination, including x-rays and oral photos. The orthodontist will consider all of the clinical findings and provide a diagnosis and a thorough explanation of any issues that were found. Dental impressions may be taken to assist with treatment planning, or you may receive a recommended treatment plan first, with impressions taken right before treatment begins.
With the treatment plan in place, you will receive a detailed breakdown of costs, along with a full review of your insurance benefits and expected out of pocket payments. Staff will explain your options for payment plans and financing if needed.
You will receive a detailed description of any needed appliances such as braces or a palate expander, as well as an estimated treatment length. You will also learn how often your child will need appointments.
The appointment generally lasts for one to two hours, depending on the complexity of your child’s orthodontic needs. You will have plenty of time to ask questions and ensure that you fully understand what to expect.
If you choose to proceed with treatment, you will make an appointment for your child to have the appliance placed. At that appointment, you and your child will learn how to care for the appliance, and any new oral hygiene routines that must be used to care for the teeth while the appliance is in place.
In most cases, your child will need an appointment every 6 weeks or so. This allows the orthodontist to check the progression of treatment and make any needed adjustments. Your child may also need occasional emergency appointments, such as if a wire pops or severe mouth irritation develops. At the first appointment, you will learn what signs to look for to determine if a visit is needed.
Orthodontic treatment can seem scary, but there is no need for fear. Your child’s orthodontist and staff are there for you and your child every step of the way.
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