How To Prepare For Your First Consultation
As you prepare for your orthodontic consultation, you might be feeling a little nervous. Don’t worry! A consultation at Barakat Orthodontics is a great opportunity for you to get to know Dr. Barakat and get a better understanding of your options and the treatment process.
Take a deep breath. You’ll feel more confident about your visit if you do a little preparation and know what to expect.
What Happens at an Orthodontic Consultation?
The consultation includes a casual conversation during which the orthodontist learns more about your teeth and your goals for orthodontic treatment. It also gives you a chance to ask questions and get familiar with the treatment options. Dr. Barakat will examine your teeth, look at your x-rays and facial photographs, analyze your bite, and determine the best course of action to improve your smile.
Give Us the Information We Need
We will need to see x-rays and photographs, but Dr. Barakat might also have some questions for you. For example, your lifestyle and future plans may help determine whether now is the right time to start treatment. If you are planning a two-month trip to Europe, tell us! Options such as accelerated orthodontics or Invisalign Express may be a great choice for your lifestyle.
Make a List of Questions
Anxiety is largely caused by uncertainty: when you understand what’s going to happen, you’ll feel much better! In the days and weeks leading up to your appointment, write down your questions as you think of them so you don’t forget to ask anything during your consultation. (And if you do forget one, or if you think of something later, no problem! Just give us a call.) Here are a few things you might have on your mind:
- How long will my appointments take? How long will I have the braces?
- Are there different types of braces? Is there one type that is better for me than another?
- How many appointments will I need?
- I’ve heard orthodontic treatments can be uncomfortable—how can I alleviate that discomfort?
- Do I need headgear?
- Is Invisalign an option for me?
- Will braces change the way I look, smile, or talk?
- I have a big event coming up—can we wait to start treatment until after that event?
- Do I have to avoid certain foods?
- How do I take care of my teeth? Can I have dental cleanings while I have braces?
- How much will it cost?
The answers to many of these questions depend upon your unique mouth and situation. We’ll be happy to answer all of these and more.
Feel Calm and Confident During Your Visit
First, remember why you’re doing this: you want a healthy, happy smile that makes you feel confident, and your orthodontist can help you achieve that! Your orthodontic treatment may help prevent future tooth decay, gum disease, or issues with your jaw. Your complimentary consultation is the start of an exciting journey to that healthier smile.
If you feel anxious before your visit, take some time to do something you enjoy. Listen to music, watch some funny videos, enjoy a snack, exercise, or spend time with friends. Take a few deep breaths. Many people have had orthodontic treatment with wonderful results, and you will, too!
Barakat Orthodontics is here for you, ready to answer your questions before you begin and at any point along the journey. You’re invited to speak up about your concerns at all times, and we’ll do our best to answer your questions and make you as comfortable as we can. Creating healthier smiles is what we do best: you’re in good hands.
Ready to get started? Contact us!