Orthodontists, such as Dr. Stephen Chen are specially trained dentists that people visit to prevent or correct specific oral problems. For certain individuals, visiting any type of dentist can be a stressful experience. The following short blog offers insight into what one might expect during an orthodontics consultation.
The Specific Functions Of An Orthodontist
Orthodontists prevent or correct poorly formed or positioned teeth and jaws. If left uncorrected, such problems could result in chewing or eating difficulties and diminish the afflicted person’s aesthetic appearance (such as their smile). In many instances, the need to receive a consultation with an Orthodontist is made by the patient’s general dentist who has detected an issue that an orthodontist is better equipped to address.
The Orthodontist Consultation
The specific events of a consultation can vary depending upon the reason for the visit. In many instances, orthodontics patients are children or young adults with misaligned teeth who will need braces to correct the alignment.
The First Visit
During the patient’s first visit to Texas Orthodontic Specialists, Dr. Chen will perform an examination to determine the extent of the potential problem and what, if any, corrective measure need to be employed. Such conclusions will be drawn after Dr. Chen perform actions such as evaluation and X-rays of the patient’s mouth, teeth and jaw.
Upon obtaining these x-rays, Dr. Chen can render a proper treatment plan. If he determines that an issue exists, impressions (images) of the patient’s teeth and mouth will be captured and a course of treatment will likely be offered. Individuals requiring treatment may be required to wear corrective oral gear such as a retainer or braces or Invisalign.
During your first visit, our treatment coordinator will also discuss other pertinent information including the total cost of treatment, including payment plans, proper oral care maintenance techniques during the treatment phase and the duration of treatment. In most instances, an initial consultation will last anywhere from one to two hours.
Once you undergo orthodontic treatment, you will likely visit the office every few months. At these check-up appointments, Dr. Chen will ensure that your teeth are moving correctly into their desired positions.
If you or a loved one have been told to see an orthodontist, take the first step and request a consultation online at Texas Orthodontic Specialists. Dr. Stephen Chen is a highly rated Houston Orthodontist that specializes in treating children, adolescents and adults. So don’t delay, contact us today. Your initial examination is always complimentary.