Many questions surround your first visit to a new orthodontist, not the least of which is the subject of this particular chapter: What will happen at the initial consultation?
To answer this very common question, and perhaps several others you might not even realize you need answering yet, let me walk you through the typical first office visit, from the initial appointment forward: Your first appointment is scheduled following your initial phone call to your orthodontist’s office.
The receptionist – who often also doubles as your scheduler – will work with you to find the perfect time for an optimal visit, taking into account not only the orthodontist’s schedule but also your schedule as well as your child’s. Following this phone call a packet of information will be sent to you with information about your orthodontist’s office and the examination appointment. (A health history and map will usually be enclosed.)
During the first appointment several important things will typically happen. You will be greeted by someone who is generally referred to as the “treatment coordinator.” She will review your personal information, health history, and your chief concerns with your teeth and/or smile. Your orthodontist will then conduct a thorough examination of your face, mouth, teeth, and jaws to determine whether you can benefit from orthodontic treatment and, if so, when treatment should begin.
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