Posted on January 2, 2024
Heading to the orthodontist can be scary for some children. However, telling kids what to expect can help ease some of their anxiety. For example, sharing that they can get colored braces can be more fun. Plus, it’s just as important for parents to know what to expect too. Here’s a list to help you and your child get ready for their first orthodontic appointment.
The doctor will review your child’s medical history with you and your child to ensure accuracy. If they have recent exam results, such as X-rays, they’ll discuss those with you to ensure everyone is on the same page. This conversation usually takes little time, but it is necessary to provide proper treatment.
If your child feels nervous about being at the orthodontist, their doctor will try to make them feel more comfortable. They may tell them that a lot of children need orthodontic treatment. In fact, according to the American Association of Orthodontists, about 25% to 50% of children need orthodontics. The orthodontist may take the time to talk with your child about fears and treatment plans.
Your little one’s orthodontist may need to conduct a new exam to see your child’s facial structure, jaw bones, teeth, and more. The exam typically consists of X-rays and other imaging tests to get a clear view of the situation. This is necessary to develop a comprehensive treatment plan.
An orthodontist will discuss a complete treatment plan with you. This may include options like colored braces or clear alignment trays. The doctor will determine the best course of action to obtain the desired results.
The orthodontist may discuss several options for treatment with you and your child and then let you decide which option you think is best. Often, several ways exist to help specific issues, like aligning teeth. You know your child best, so your input regarding treatment is essential to developing a successful treatment plan.
An orthodontist will usually discuss finances during the first appointment. This includes insurance coverage and how much parents will be responsible for paying. Most doctors will discuss the difference in cost for different treatments. Some options may cost more based on demand. For example, occasionally, colored braces are slightly more or less than clear braces.
Your doctor will address any questions or concerns at the end of your appointment. You must ask any questions regarding aftercare to ensure a proper oral hygiene routine at home. Contact us at Lineberger Orthodontics today if you or your child have any questions about your first appointment.