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4 Things to Expect at Your First Orthodontist Appointment

January 5, 2023

So you’re preparing for your first orthodontist appointment ever? You’re about to embark on a life-changing journey that ends in a beautiful new smile and newfound confidence. That’s something to be excited about!

But first, you may have a few questions about the process: “What happens at the first orthodontist appointment? What can I expect?”

We’re here to break it all down – no surprises or unexpected plot twists. We want you to feel comfortable and prepared for your complimentary exam so you can enjoy your experience to the fullest.

Here are 4 things you can expect at your orthodontist consultation:


1. Your orthodontist will examine your current smile!
When you first visit one of our orthodontist offices in Ormond Beach or Palm Coast, Dr. Morejón or Dr. Andrews will become your orthodontist. You’ll meet your orthodontist and get to know a little bit about each other!

Your orthodontist will perform a visual exam of your smile, then take some diagnostic x-rays and photos to gain the full picture of your teeth, gums and jaw bones.

Next up are your digital impressions! We’ll use our iTero digital scanner to take accurate and precise digital impressions of your mouth, without the discomfort and messiness of traditional impressions.

Your orthodontist will use all of this information, from your visual exam, x-rays and digital impressions, to create your personalized treatment plan!


2. You’ll choose a treatment!
At your first orthodontic appointment, we’ll help you explore your treatment options so you can choose the best one for you. Your orthodontist will discuss the pros and cons of braces and Invisalign to help you determine which treatment suits your lifestyle best.

After your orthodontist examines your smile, she will determine whether a full treatment of braces or Invisalign is best for your case, or if an appliance would be more efficient first.

The best treatment option for you will depend on a few factors, including your specific condition, the severity of your condition, your age, and of course, your preferences.

If you’re interested in braces, we offer both metal braces and clear braces! Choose from traditional metal braces, clear ceramic braces, and GC EXPERIENCE™ self-ligating braces – a more advanced type of braces that doesn’t use elastic bands.


3. We’ll create a payment plan that suits your needs.
We’ll talk finances too. Before you start treatment, you’ll sit down with one of our team members to discuss the cost of treatment. We’ll present our financial options, discuss our 0%-interest in-house financing with a low down payment and low monthly payments, and your discount opportunities!

The cost of your treatment will depend on a few things, including the length of your treatment plan and the type of treatment required. From here, we’ll also calculate your dental insurance benefit if you have insurance! We’re proud to accept most insurances and our team is happy to submit your insurance claims for you, so you can receive the maximum benefit.

You’ll hear all of this again at your orthodontics appointment too, of course.


4. You begin treatment!
You can begin treatment on your very first visit. Why wait any longer to get started? We offer Same Day Braces, so you can complete your orthodontic exam and get your braces placed (or Invisalign scans taken) – all in the same appointment.

Once your treatment plan and financing are squared away, your orthodontist will either put braces on your teeth, or take your digital Invisalign scans to have your custom clear aligners created! This entire appointment process takes about 45 minutes to an hour. If you choose same day braces, it only takes 30 minutes for us to place your braces!

We aim to make every orthodontic appointment a great experience, from your first visit – to your last. You will always be greeted with smiles and friendly faces!


Schedule your complimentary consultation today!

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions about what to expect. If you’re looking for a top orthodontist near Palm Coast or Ormond Beach, we’d love to meet you! We’re proud to provide highly-personalized orthodontics for families in our communities.

The final step to preparing for your first visit is scheduling your first visit. Once you request your free exam, we’ll reach out to you to get your appointment scheduled!