What happens at your first orthodontist appointment?

The journey to a healthy and beautiful smile starts with your first complimentary visit to Hess Orthodontics. The first visit is an exciting chance for our friendly and knowledgeable staff to meet you and discuss how we can help.

You may be unsure what to expect or nervous that we will perform a painful procedure. You may wonder “what will the orthodontist do during my first appointment?” or “will I get braces or Invisalign® on my first orthodontist visit?”

As West Coastal & Central Florida’s most trusted orthodontist, we are here to provide you with the information you need about your first visit with us. Keep reading below to learn more!

Can you get braces at your first orthodontist appointment?

The goal of your first appointment is to assess your needs and help create a plan that is right for you. For some, braces or clear aligners may be needed. In that case, we will discuss those treatment options and schedule additional appointments to complete the necessary procedures before you get fitted.

We proudly offer many treatment methods for adults and teens, including clear and metal Damon Braces, Invisalign clear aligners, and retainers. Schedule a free consultation today!

What to expect at your first appointment

The first visit is the perfect opportunity for you to ask us questions and to understand how we can best help you or your child. The purpose of the first complimentary appointment is for you to:

Meet the team and take an office tour

We want to meet you and show you where we work. Because orthodontic treatment takes place over many appointments, it’s important that you and your family feel comfortable at our office. We have comfortable furniture and state-of-the-art equipment for your enjoyment.

Receive a comprehensive orthodontic exam

To fully understand how to treat you best, our team will conduct a thorough exam of your teeth, including:

  • Reviewing your dental records
  • Examining your teeth and gums with specific tools

We’ll be on the lookout for common orthodontic issues such as an overbite, underbite, open bite, crossbite, spacing issues and more. Once you’ve completed your exam, you’ll be able to start your treatment process that day, if you want! All you need to do is sign a contract and provide an initial down payment.

Review your treatment plan options

The records, images, and molds will help us create a customized treatment plan. We will discuss every step of the plan and how long the treatment will last.

For some patients, we will want to start as soon as possible. For others, especially children, the best approach might be to wait until all their teeth are in and their bites fully settle. If waiting is necessary, the orthodontist will schedule check-in appointments to assess their development and decide when to start treatment.

Discuss payment and insurance plans

The cost of treatment depends on your case. Your orthodontist will provide a cost breakdown so you can see how each element of the plan is valued. Our team will review your insurance and discuss the most efficient ways to pay for care. Financing is available to all patients.

Schedule your next visit

The next step will be to schedule your next appointment. Our friendly staff will work with you to find the days and times that are perfect for your schedule. At each following appointment, your orthodontist will assess your progress and make any necessary adjustments.

Book your first orthodontist appointment today!

Now that you know what to expect from your first appointment, the only thing left to do is find a date that works for you. Request your consultation today! If you have any further questions, you can contact us at any time. Check out our blog.