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October 8, 2014

What To Expect During Your First Visit to the Orthodontist

Whether you're investigating braces or corrective treatments for yourself or your child, you may have questions and concerns about what to expect during your first visit to the orthodontist. The orthodontists at Docbraces are pleased to offer free, no-obligation consultations with no referral required at our conveniently-located clinics in Halifax, Dartmouth, Moncton, Charlottetown and Summerside.

Meeting Your Orthodontist

From the start, know that you can trust your orthodontist to diagnose and treat any problems standing between you and a perfect smile. Orthodontists are more than general dentists; they're specialists who have earned an extra three years of training beyond dental school and are experts in properly straightening and aligning teeth. These specialists diagnose, prevent and treat a variety of dental and facial problems that impact both your appearance, health, development and comfort.

Consultation & Check Up

During your first visit to Docbraces, your orthodontist will perform a thorough examination of your teeth, mouth, and jaw. The orthodontist may also ask about any discomforts or challenges affecting your oral health, including jaw pain, clicking or popping of your jaw, and whether you have problems with chewing or swallowing.

Your orthodontist may perform some additional tests and procedures to get a better picture of your orthodontic needs. For example, they may take scans of your mouth and teeth using Docbraces' state-of-the-art digital X-rays and 3D imaging. This can make it easier to diagnose what needs to be fixed and to decide on the best treatment plan.

Looking at Treatment Plans

After diagnosing the condition of your teeth, mouth and jaw, the orthodontist will formulate possible treatment plans. You'll be happy to know that Docbraces offers a variety of high-tech, modern treatment options and will work with you to help you choose the right one. Some popular treatments include:

  • Invisalign: This revolutionary new treatment option uses 3D software to make custom aligners that are nearly invisible, which makes them much more attractive and appealing to wear than traditional metal wires and brackets. Docbraces is an Elite Provider and among the top 5 percent of Invisalign providers in North America, so you can count on our expertise.

  • Clear and advanced braces: Docbraces also offers a variety of clear and advanced braces options, ranging from metal brackets and wires in state-of-the-art materials to the Damon Clear or Clarity SL clear braces. Advances in materials have made braces more comfortable and effective than ever before.

  • Corrective appliances: Docbraces offers still more options beyond Invisalign and braces. Appliances such as palate expanders and space maintainers can help by correcting jaw alignment or poor oral habits, creating space for permanent teeth and expanding the upper arch or jaw. These treatments are often recommended to younger patients to help guide development.

Discussing Costs

The cost of orthodontic treatment varies with each individual, depending on the complexity of each case and the treatment needed. During your first visit, Docbraces will provide you with a customized quote and work with you to find payment solutions to fit your budget. We will help you understand your insurance coverage and to create a manageable payment plan. In fact, Docbraces is pleased to offer flexible payment plans starting as low as $49 per week.For more information about which factors contribute to the price of braces and the ways Docbraces can help you get the best value from your investment, download our FREE patient’s manual, The Cost of Braces & What to Expect.

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