What To Expect At Your First Visit
How Old Should You Be for an Initial Orthodontic Consult?
While there is no exact age that children should begin orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends a first visit to the orthodontist at around age 7. By this age, most children have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth, making it easier for the orthodontist to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems early on, without surgery. However, we often see first-time patients who are pre-teens, teenagers, and adults – it’s never too late to begin your orthodontic journey!
Before Your Visit
Before your first visit, we recommend filling out a completed health history form (see below for printable forms), and gathering any insurance information you may have. Bring these with you when you come in for your initial consultation.
At Your First Appointment
During your first visit to our clinic, you will have a chance to meet Dr. Cermin, tour our treatment area, and undergo a complimentary initial exam. Our friendly staff will greet you and give you the time and attention you deserve as you undergo an examination and discussion of all treatment options.
As we discuss your treatment options, we will look at your diagnosis, estimated treatment times, and cost of treatment. Each orthodontic treatment plan is different, as we strive to deliver the best care for your individual needs. At your initial visit, a treatment start date will be determined based on cost and the patient’s tooth development. It is important to note that treatment may not start on the day of the initial exam.
During your consultation, our financial coordinator will also review your insurance coverage with you and help you find the best payment option for your treatment.
Orthodontics is about more than just straightening teeth: Orthodontists understand the complexity of growth development and facial form. Treatment plans include issues related to the jaw and bite, not just the movement of teeth.