Newport, RI - We can all agree that having to add another doctor appointment to an already jam packed family schedule can be stressful. So how do you know when your child should see an orthodontist and what happens when you decide to make an appointment? Dr. Matt Forster of Forster Orthodontics provides practical tips on choosing the right orthodontist when it's time for treatment and what to expect for your first appointment.
When to See an Orthodontist
Each patient is unique when it comes to orthodontic treatment. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends children see an orthodontist by age 7. If you are a parent, you may start noticing your child's friends, classmates, or teammates wearing braces; it might be a good time to schedule an initial consultation, which we offer for free to all new patients! Frequently, orthodontists are able to prevent potential issues with teeth crowding or their bite with early treatment.
Adults are also excellent candidates for orthodontic treatment. With the latest advances in technology, many patients do not have to go through getting those messy impressions anymore; you can now receive a digital scan of your teeth instead. Whether it's your first time seeing an orthodontist or if the family pet used your retainer as a chew toy years ago and your teeth have shifted, it is never too late to see an orthodontist.
What to Expect During Your First Orthodontic Appointment
After scheduling your initial appointment, there will be some paperwork to fill out for the patient. Please plan to arrive for your appointment about fifteen minutes early to get them completed. Once it's time for the appointment, you will be greeted by a friendly staff member to take some photos and x-rays so that the orthodontist can determine if the patient is ready for treatment and create a customized treatment plan. If the patient is not quite ready for treatment the orthodontist will continue to monitor them in subsequent appointments. If they are ready for treatment, you will discuss treatment options. Since each patient requires a customized treatment plan, the orthodontist will ensure that you understand the plan, and make sure to answer any questions you have about the treatment.
After choosing a customized treatment option, the Treatment Coordinator will discuss treatment fees. Because each patient presents a unique orthodontic case, treatment costs vary. The type of treatment can also affect the cost of treatment depending on the complexity of the case. Invisalign treatment is always a popular choice but there are several types of braces that patients can choose from, which will all result in a beautiful smile.
At Forster Orthodontics, we offer complimentary initial consultations to every new patient. If the patient is not ready to begin treatment, we continue to monitor their progress at regular intervals at no charge!
If you have any questions about orthodontic treatment, Dr. Forster would love to speak with you. Please don't hesitate to give us a call at (401) 307-5605.