What To Expect From Your Orthodontic Consultation

The beginning of your orthodontic journey can be both an exciting and nerve-wracking commitment. The first step toward achieving a beautiful, healthy smile is a complimentary consultation with Dr. Ahl or Dr. O’Connor. Here's a glimpse of what you can expect:

1. Getting Acquainted: The goal of your first visit is to become acquainted with our doctors and our team. We’ll review your dental and medical history, discuss your concerns and expectations, and conduct a thorough examination of your teeth, jaws, and bite.

2. Diagnostic Tests: To formulate an accurate treatment plan, we’ll take digital X-rays and photographs of your teeth. These tools help assess the current alignment of your teeth and determine the most suitable treatment options.

3. Discussion of Treatment Options: Once the doctor has assessed your dental condition, they will discuss potential treatment options tailored to your needs. Whether it's traditional braces, clear aligners, or other appliances, they'll explain the pros and cons of each option and address any questions or apprehensions you may have.

4. Treatment Plan and Timeline: After weighing your preferences and considering the complexity of your case, the doctor will outline a comprehensive treatment plan along with an estimated timeline. While every case is unique, they'll provide you with a rough idea of how long your treatment may take and what milestones to expect along the way.

5. Financial Considerations: Orthodontic treatment involves financial planning. During this complimentary consultation, the orthodontic team will discuss the cost of treatment, available payment options, and whether your insurance covers any portion of the expenses. This transparency helps you make informed decisions regarding your investment. 

6. Next Steps: Before leaving your complimentary consultation, you'll have the option to begin treatment the same day, or review the quote before scheduling your follow-up visits.

Embarking on your orthodontic journey signifies a commitment to improving your oral health and enhancing your confidence. While the process may seem daunting initially, rest assured that our orthodontic team is here to guide you every step of the way!

For more information about orthodontic services, or to speak with one of our board-certified specialists, contact us online or call 302-678-3000.