First appointment

First appointment

Q:Why do I need to be seen by an orthodontist?

Your dentist has referred you to our orthodontic practice. This means that there is a problem with the alignment of your teeth or the way your teeth bite together. Also, it might be because you were unhappy with the appearance of your teeth.

Q:What will happen at my first appointment with the orthodontist?

At your first appointment you will have a full orthodontic examination and have some records taken.

Q:What does a “full orthodontic examination” involve?

It is simply looking at the soft tissue of your face and your profile as well as looking into your mouth for the alignment of your teeth and the way the top and bottom teeth meet.

Q:What does taking records involve?

Records include taking impressions of your teeth using a material, which is like toothpaste, in order to make plaster models of your teeth. Sometimes, we also take some radiographs and possibly some pictures of you. A radiograph is an x-ray picture. It will require you to remove any earrings, chains and, ideally, any piercing around your head for the radiographs. Do let us know if you have had a dental radiograph taken at your dentist recently. We might be able to use that instead. Try to avoid having new piercings just before your appointment as they will need to be removed during record taking.

Q:Why do I need radiographs taken?

Radiographs will show the arrangement of the roots of your teeth as well as their quality and position and quality of your jawbones. They are designed to show how your face, jaws and teeth are developing. They are also used to detect the presence and position of the teeth, which have not come through in your mouth or, occasionally, any extra teeth, which may be buried in your gums.

Q:What will happen after taking records?

Four things may happen:

1. Your orthodontist will tell you that there is little or no problem and you do not require orthodontic treatment. You will be discharged back to your own dentist.

2. A consultation appointment will be arranged for you in the near future while your orthodontist analyses your records.

3. Your orthodontist will tell you that you will/may need orthodontic treatment in the future, but you are perhaps still too young to start it. We will arrange an appointment to be sent out to you at a later date.

4. Your orthodontist will tell you that you are ready to receive orthodontic treatment. She/he will discuss the treatment with you and an appointment will be arranged for you to start the treatment.

Q:What if I am already wearing braces?

Try to get your previous records, if any, from your previous orthodontist/dentist and bring them with you.

Q:How long does the first appointment take?

You will be in the dental chair for about 15 to 30 minutes.

Q:Do I need to pay anything at my first appointment?

If you are under 18 and a UK or European Community (EC) resident or you are under 19 and in full time education, you are entitled to free NHS treatment.

Q:What if I am not any of the above?

There is normally a charge for the first consultation appointment and extra charge for taking records should you decide to have them taken at your first appointment. Fees are payable in cash, most credit/debit cards and cheque with a guarantee card. The reception staff should be able to advise you on the fee for the first appointment. Some charges may apply for the records. Any fees paid for the consultation, should you decide to proceed, will be deducted from the whole treatment. Cash, cheques (with guarantee card) and most debit/credit cards are accepted.

Q:What if the appointment day or time does not suit me?

You can contact us as soon as you receive the appointment to change it. Please note that if you miss your appointment, we will not contact you to make a new one. We will assume you do not to discuss any orthodontic treatment and close your case.

Q:I am under 16; do I need to bring my parents with me?

Yes, you need to bring one of your parents or a guardian with you to consent for your treatment.

Q:I do not want to get braces so what is the point of coming to my first appointment?

You will not get braces at your first appointment! It is always useful that you are aware of the orthodontic problems you may have and possible consequences of not having treatment. Even if you decide not to get braces, it is better to make an informed decision.

Q:Can I get clear or invisible braces?

Yes, but unfortunately they are not available on the NHS. If you wish to have any of those, discuss this with your orthodontist at your first appointment.

Q:What number do I need to call to change my appointment?

The telephone number you need to call is: 01334 474 203