Going in for your first appointment with an orthodontist need not be daunting. Whether you have been referred to the specialist by your dentist or you found the orthodontist after doing your research, knowing what to expect can certainly help to calm your nerves. That being the case, here is a quick walkthrough of what you can expect during your first appointment with the orthodontist.

1.    A Thorough Clinical Examination

The objective of the examination is to establish if you do, indeed, need orthodontic treatment. The orthodontist will use photographs and X-rays of your teeth and your mouth to make a correct diagnosis. The specialist may also require you to answer some questions to help with the diagnosis.

2.    Explaining The Diagnosis

If, after the examination, it's the orthodontist's professional opinion that treatment is necessary, then you can expect the practitioner to walk you through what exactly your diagnosis means.

What is your specific orthodontic problem? What course of treatment is available? How effective is the treatment plan, and what results can you expect after the treatment?

3.    Your Chance To Ask Questions

A good orthodontist will allow you the opportunity to raise any questions that you may have regarding your diagnosis and the recommended treatment course. Asking the right questions will help calm any lingering fears and give you the confidence to take the next step.

Are you concerned about the myths you may have heard about the recommended orthodontic appliances? Would you like the orthodontist to provide you with an estimate of how much the treatment will cost you? Would you like a rundown of what getting the recommended orthodontic treatment will be like? Whatever it may be, do not hesitate to ask the expert.

4.    Way Forward

The orthodontist will provide you with all the information that you may need in order to decide if you wish to go ahead with the treatment or not. If you do, then you will schedule your next appointment. Before you leave, the orthodontist will advise you on the dos and don'ts, if any, that you should keep in mind as you get ready for the treatment.

Your first appointment with the orthodontist may take a couple of hours. Knowing what to expect during this appointment can help you prepare better. Ensure that you get the most out of the session by asking questions and seeking any clarifications before you leave.

For more information on orthodontics, contact an orthodontist.