Now that you have decided to get your orthodontic treatment consultation, there is nothing to worry about, as it is a great step ahead to achieving a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile. Orthodontic treatment is needed to correct your maligned teeth and jaws and is carried out by dental specialists called Orthodontists. They will have to thoroughly evaluate your condition before doing your treatment planning. Various orthodontic treatment types are required for different oral problems. This evaluation is called an orthodontic consultation, where they will understand your goals, clarify your doubts, and guide you according to your needs. Read ahead to outline what you should expect during your first orthodontic consultation so that you can be at ease when you go for it.
Table of Contents
- Arriving at the Clinic
- First Interaction with the orthodontist
- Your Next Appointment: Initial Treatment Plan
1. Arriving at the Clinic
Once you arrive at the clinic, you will experience an uber safe and healthy environment, with a very welcoming and polite staff. After making you comfortable, the staff will assist you in filling out some basic screening forms. The details in the forms help the orthodontists assess all information about your overall health and habits to carry out appropriate orthodontic treatment planning. Therefore, always assist the staff in filling out the correct and truthful information in all your paperwork. The orthodontic treatment cost depends on various factors like age, type, the extent of the issue, length of treatment, etc. The average orthodontic treatment cost in India varies between INR 25,000 to INR 3,50000.
Next, you will be allotted an orthodontist and guided by the staff to see them.
2. First Interaction with the orthodontist
When you meet the orthodontist face to face, they will have a chance to have a look and pay close attention to your dental and oral condition, and you will have a chance to ask all your queries, concerns, expectations, and treatment goals related to the look and function of your teeth.
They may ask you about your dental and medical history for better clarity. Truthful information is a binding necessity for a successful treatment. Tell them all about your dental or other problems that you are facing or have faced in the past, all medications you are on, any treatment you are taking or have taken in the past, and your oral or other habits. They will also see your records to know when and for what issue you last saw a dentist, your previous X-rays, etc. The orthodontist will have a picture of your past dental conditions before he initiates your physical examination to know your present condition.
After the interaction, a thorough oral examination and imaging tests are the following steps. This helps the orthodontist find any problems that might have been missed in your records, or you may be unaware of those. The examination includes:
- Oral examination by the orthodontist using hand tools to examine your gums and teeth.
- Dental molding with the help of putty to prepare a model of your teeth and gums.
- Dental X-rays and other imaging of the teeth and jaw.
- Photographs to study the facial profile and to be used for ‘before treatment’ reference.
These will help the orthodontist determine any minute dental issues and the oral/dental care needed before the actual orthodontic treatment and study in detail the type and amount of treatment needed. Sometimes, they may suggest holding off the orthodontic treatment as you or your child may not need it pertaining to the current scenario and will guide you about the important observations you must take care of.
4. Your Next Appointment: Initial Treatment Plan
The orthodontist will schedule your next appointment so that by that time, they will study your case in detail and also give you time to think about any other doubts you may be having. Sometimes, it may be discussed on the same visit if the findings and goals are clearly discrete. Finally, the doctor’s advice and recommendations will be formalized into an initial treatment plan customized according to your needs and wishes. This treatment plan will detail the entire treatment process and the costs. Usually, it includes:
- The dental and oral issues needed to be rectified first.
- The various treatment options that can work for you to achieve the desired results.
- The time duration needed to achieve it.
- The expectations you may have from the treatment?
- Cost structures of various options.
This is an important step as it provides you with a better understanding of the actual treatment that you will be receiving. Counseling and clarification of doubts hold an important place during this step to move forward with your treatment free of anxiety and full of confidence.
1-What are the different orthodontic treatment types, and how do I choose the one best for me?
There are a variety of treatment options available like mouth guards, headgears, full braces, regular braces, clear aligners, lingual braces, expanders, lip/cheek bumpers, splints, serial extractions, etc. Your treatment needs will depend on your dental and oral issues. Your orthodontist is the best person to help you determine the best option for you.
2-What is the best age for orthodontic treatment?
Ideally, a child must be assessed for orthodontic treatment between 2 to 5 years so that early detection and timely treatment can be planned and further problems can be avoided. Once, most of the permanent teeth have erupted, i.e., during teens, it is the best time to get yourself treated as the bone is porous and teeth & jaw movements are very easy and quick. Having said this, age is no bar for an effective orthodontic treatment, just that it may take a little longer to get results with age.
3-Is orthodontic treatment required only for aesthetic purposes?
No doubt, the orthodontic treatment enhances your looks manifolds, but it’s much more than that. Malocclusion can lead to many dental and oral issues like poor Oral hygiene, clenching /grinding of teeth, tooth sensitivity, jaw pain, speech problems, etc. Therefore, it’s very important to get proper treatment to prevent other medical/dental problems.
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