Orthodontic care is an essential factor when it comes to your overall oral health. Besides improving your oral health, it also boosts your confidence by improving your appearance. This makes it easy for you to smile and laugh without worrying about your teeth! If you decide to undergo orthodontic treatment, then it is important for you to know what the process entails.
This blog will help to identify the treatment process, and give you a sense of what to expect. Our team at Smiles Orthodontics has taken the time to give you a breakdown of what happens during an orthodontic consultation at our Wichita, Eldorado office. Which by the way, are completely complimentary!
What Is An Orthodontic Consultation?
Once you decide to undergo orthodontic treatment, an orthodontic consultation is the first step in your treatment journey. It is a fundamental stage since it gives your orthodontist a chance to create the perfect treatment plan that will help you achieve your ideal smile. How does he/she do this?
This is a very crucial step since it helps your orthodontist study and fully understand your orthodontic condition. You will sit down with our Wichita orthodontist, Dr. Gorantla/ Dr.Sander, who will carry out the examination.
We will perform various X-rays and take photographs of your teeth, jaw, and head. All this will help him decide the best treatment plan for you. Orthodontic treatment plans don’t come in a one-size-fits-all basis, so this examination is paramount.
How long does it take? The orthodontic consultation will last approximately 30 minutes to an hour, after which you will be allowed to go back home, and return on a later date, should you choose to.
What Should You Expect During The Consultation?
The orthodontic consultation process will involve you meeting the Smiles Orthodontics team, including our Doctors, Dr. Gorantla/ Dr. Sander and our assistants who will assist in your care. You can have all your questions about your oral health answered at your complimentary Orthodontic consultation.
You will also meet with our New Patient Coordinator, who will assist you with our no interest payment plans in our office, insurance options etc and can help you with using your flex dollars as well as maximizing HSA benefits. Additionally, our New Patient Coordinator will give you a chance to express any fears or concerns you might have.
What Are The Various Treatment Options?
It is generally advisable to begin orthodontic treatment during childhood, when a child has developed most of their permanent teeth. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, the most appropriate age is seven-years-old. At Smiles Orthodontics, we acknowledge this and advise you to bring your kids in for an orthodontic consultation around this age. However, this doesn’t mean that adults are unable to undergo treatment.
In fact, more and more adults are developing an interest in orthodontic treatment! We offer braces for children, teenagers, and adults alike. The various types of braces we offer include:
- Metal braces
- Clear/ceramic braces
- Damon braces
For most teens and adults, braces seem too conspicuous. For this reason, we offer Invisalign! These clear and removable aligners allow your smile to shine throughout your treatment process. Given the nature of the Invisalign trays, there are also little lifestyle and diet changes that are needed.
Retainers are a part of nearly every orthodontic treatment plan. This appliance will help to keep your teeth aligned and ensure they don’t readjust to their previous positions.
Learn More About Orthodontic Treatment in Wichita!
Contact our Wichita orthodontic office today at (316) 684-5184. Our team will be happy to tell you more about our treatment services such as Invisalign and/or ceramic braces. We can’t wait to help you with your smile!