After you call your orthodontist to schedule an appointment, you will receive a packet of information about the office and the examination in the mail. During your first appointment, you will meet a treatment coordinator who 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.
If orthodontic treatment is recommended, the orthodontist will proceed to take diagnostic records. This includes taking molds of your teeth, digital photographs of your face and teeth, x-rays of your teeth and surrounding bone, and a headfilm x-ray to evaluate the position of the jaw structures.
The doctor will go into detail of the treatment that is needed and answer all your questions. Your treatment coordinator will review costs of treatment and payment arrangements with you, usually they will request 20% of the total fee when treatment begins.
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