If you are considering orthodontic treatment for you or your child for the first time, you may be unsure what to expect. Below you will find a brief description of what to expect when you visit our office as well as the answers to some frequently asked questions about first orthodontic. Please allow this information to guide you in your decision to choose orthodontic care at Beaumont Family Dentistry. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our office or orthodontist in Lexington, KY.
What to Expect at Your First Appointment
What is orthodontics? You first visit to our office will take about 90 minutes to complete. After signing in (download your new patient forms here), feel free to enjoy some freshly baked cookies or a hot beverage while you wait. When you are called back, we will offer you a tour of our office and then take you for X-rays. These images will help us determine your current situation and let us know where we should begin.
After X-rays, you will meet with the doctor. The doctor will perform a thorough examination and discuss your X-ray results with you. This is also a great time for you to express your goals. The doctor will talk to you about your orthodontic treatment options, and you may even create a treatment plan. Determining what type of treatment is best for you is essential for excellent results.
Depending on what work needs to be done, you may be able to begin treatment that day. Most likely, however, you will begin your treatment on your subsequent visit.
Frequently Asked Questions About Orthodontics
Do you still have some questions about how orthodontic treatment works? Let’s answer some common concerns our patients usually express.
How long does it take to get my teeth straightened?
The amount of time required for treatment is directly dependent upon your specific situation and the method of treatment used. While traditional braces may take two or three years, Invisalign can be completed in about 12 to 18 months. Fastbraces® works even faster, often offering results in about 6 to 12 months.
How much does orthodontic treatment cost?
Again, the answer to this question largely depends on your situation and what type of treatment is required. Typically, the longer your treatment, the most costly it becomes. However, many insurance plans cover the cost of braces. We also offer great payment options that should make it easy to make sure you are taken care of.
Are braces painful?
All of our braces options are safe and produce only mild levels of discomfort. None of our orthodontic options are painful. When you have your wires adjusted for traditional braces, you may feel a bit of discomfort lasting up to about a week due to the pressure of tightened wires. With Fastbraces® or Invisalign, even that discomfort is reduced.
If you have any additional questions or concerns about your orthodontic care, please contact our office for first orthodontic treatment in Lexington, KY. You can reach us by phone or by using our online form. We’ll be happy to help you in whatever way we can.
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