It is finally time to visit the orthodontist! Most or all of your permanent teeth have erupted and you are ready to consult with a specialist who will perfect your beautiful smile. Maybe you are a bit nervous for your first orthodontic visit, but truly, orthodontic treatment is a privilege. In addition to a beautiful new smile, you will also get a functional bite and an oral health advantage that will last a lifetime.
Preparing for Your Consultation
At Dougherty Orthodontics, we provide online patient registration paperwork which allows us to get to know you better. Orthodontic treatment offers a wide range of options today from bracket type to band color. Knowing what options are available will allow you to partner with your orthodontist in making decisions regarding your treatment. Together, we can create a unique plan that will take into consideration your aesthetic needs, comfort and duration of wear. We love being able to offer choices to our patients and making braces treatment fun!
Questions to Ask During the Consultation
As you consider orthodontic care, it is likely that you will have a few questions. We welcome any and all of your questions. Our orthodontic team is here to help you achieve the healthy smile you are destined to have. Here are just a few examples of questions you may want to ask at your consultation:
- How long will I have to wear braces?
- How much will braces cost?
- What are the payment options?
- Does getting braces hurt?
- What should I do to prevent or minimize pain?
- What foods should I avoid?
- Can I still play my favorite sport or musical instrument?
- How can I keep my teeth clean with braces?
- How often will I be expected to come in for checkups and other appointments?
Once you have decided on a treatment plan with Dr. Dougherty, we will schedule your braces day! Our treatment coordinator will also itemize the costs associated with your particular treatment and you can proceed with a payment plan. You can be confident that Dougherty Orthodontics is dedicated to giving you a beautiful straight smile that will last your entire life.
With a little preparation and knowledge before your first orthodontic visit, you have nothing to fear. Our friendly team at will guide you through every step of the process. Call us today at (636) 825-1000 so we can get started!