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What Happens at Your First Orthodontic Appointment?

Orthodontic Treatments and Services in Grand Rapids, MI

Choosing to pursue treatment from an orthodontist is a decision with a life-long benefit. Straighter teeth are not only more attractive, they are also easier to clean and maintain for a lifetime.

It’s perfectly understandable for patients to wonder what will happen at their first orthodontist appointment. In this blog post, we hope to explain what you can expect at your first orthodontist visit by explaining what you can expect. Our Grand Rapids orthodontists look forward to meeting you at your first visit.

Fill out Paperwork

All new patients will need to fill out paperwork that asks questions about their medical history, dental insurance information, and how they want their smiles to look after treatment. Filling out your medical history is important for many reasons. For example, if you have a latex allergy or a history of poor sleep quality, your orthodontist may modify treatment recommendations accordingly.

We highly recommend you check with your dental insurance policy prior to your visit to see if they cover orthodontic treatment for teenagers, juniors, or adults. If you’re unable to identify your orthodontic insurance benefit, we will help you determine what coverage you have when you’re at your first orthodontic visit.

We will mail you new orthodontic patient paperwork to fill out before your visit. If you need to fill out paperwork in the office, be sure to arrive 15 to 20 minutes early to give yourself enough time. Patients under 18 years old will need to be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian during the first appointment.

Meet the Orthodontist

The orthodontist will examine your face, teeth, gums, and bite to determine what issues (if any) need to be fixed with orthodontics. Depending on the position of your teeth and jaws, our orthodontist may determine that you need treatment immediately, will need treatment in the future, or don’t require treatment at all.

If your first visit is for your child’s teeth, the first pediatric orthodontist visit will be a time for our orthodontist to evaluate the growth of your child’s jaws and the space available for teeth that need to grow in. The age of the patient and the condition of their teeth and bite will determine the best time to begin treatment. After your initial visit with our office, you will know what treatment we are recommending, what costs will be incurred with treatment, and approximately how long we expect treatment to last.

Dr. Gary Armbrecht, Dr. David Armbrecht and Dr. Mark Wierenga, the Grand Rapids orthodontist and Grandville orthodontist at Armbrecht & Wierenga Orthodontics always strive to help patients achieve their best smiles by offering quality orthodontic services. If you are interested in setting up your first orthodontic visit at our office, give us a call at (616) 455-4800.