When should I see an orthodontist and what happens at the consultation appointment?
At VCO Orthodontics in Arlington, our orthodontic consultations are complimentary. If you are interested in orthodontic treatment options, schedule a consultation appointment today! We accept all ages, both kids and adults. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends all children have an initial orthodontic evaluation starting at the age of 7. This is the age when multiple adult teeth should be coming in and we can start to see if there are problems with the adult teeth or jaw growth. For adult patients, there can be some sudden shifting of the teeth. Teeth will shift throughout our lifetimes and you might be noticing recent shifting. If this happens, we recommend you see an orthodontist right away since generally the issue will get worse. If teeth shift too much, then you can start hitting/touching the teeth at improper angles and can cause fracture or bite issues.
At your consultation appointment, we start off by giving you a tour of our office and then you will be seated in our private consultation room. Once seated in the consultation room, you will have the opportunity to meet with our Orthodontist and explain any concerns you have about your teeth or smile. The Orthodontist will then examine your teeth and discuss options for orthodontic treatment, if necessary. We offer Invisalign clear aligners, metal and ceramic braces, and invisible lingual braces. You should not experience any discomfort or pain during this appointment. A customized treatment plan will be designed for you and the process will be thoroughly explained. We take in consideration your specific concerns and make sure you feel comfortable with the process. For example, sometimes braces work faster than Invisalign treatment or sometimes there are bite problems that need to be corrected to improve the gum health. An estimated time of orthodontic treatment will be given, along with different options for treatment. If other dental work or services need to be taken care of first, that will be discussed as well. We work closely with many other dental offices and dental specialists in the area and can help you coordinate options like veneers, crowns, whitening, or gum esthetics to reach your ideal smile.
If you provide us with your insurance information, we are able to call on your behalf to find out any orthodontic benefits you have. Your insurance benefits will be reviewed with you and a customized financial plan will be presented and explained. If you choose to start treatment at VCO Orthodontics in Arlington, we can accommodate you the same day! You don't have to wait and schedule another appointment to get started.