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If you think you or your child needs braces, either for aesthetic reasons or you were directed to an orthodontist by another oral health specialist, you’re probably wondering what your first appointment will be like. We all know how stressful or nerve-racking it can be visiting a new health specialist for the first time, whether it’s an oral health specialist, dermatologist, or general practitioner. The reason we feel this way is that we often have the irrational thought in the back of our heads telling us that they will find something seriously wrong with us. However, visiting an orthodontist is typically about long-term issues like malocclusion, difficulty brushing, and an uneven bite. If there was a serious problem, your dentist will have likely already spotted it.


Your first orthodontist appointment will most likely start with introductions. Your orthodontist will want to introduce you to him or herself as well as the staff as well as get to know you so that you can be more comfortable around the office. Oral health specialists understand that people are nervous about visiting their office, so most will take the care to make you feel welcome there.

Clinical Examination

One of the most important parts of your first visit will be the clinical examination. If you came to your orthodontist with a concern like twisted, tilted, or uneven teeth, your orthodontist will take these concerns seriously and perform a full x-ray exam that will help reveal what could be causing the issue. Once the issue is understood, your orthodontist will make a diagnosis and recommend the best course of action that takes into consideration both the current state of your oral health and your own concerns.

There isn’t just one type of braces out there though. Your orthodontist will walk you through all your different options. Although traditional braces are the most common, there are also Invisalign braces, Incognito Lingual braces, clear braces, Invisalign teen, and more. Many young adults or adults opt for alternative forms of braces because they are hidden but still offer the same care as traditional braces.  

Teeth Impressions

If you and your orthodontist have determined that you want and need braces, there will be impressions done of your teeth. This is the best way to create a customized treatment plan for you. Once that’s done, you will be given an estimate and begin to discuss financing options as well as insurance benefits.

During this time your orthodontist will also go over other important information like your appointment schedule, retainers, expanders, what you can and can’t eat will braces on, how to take care of your teeth, and options for increasing the movement rate of your teeth such as AcceleDent. This whole process should take around an hour or two and you should feel free to ask any questions if you have them.

Next Steps

If you’ve decided to go through with the treatment, your next step should be to set up a day that you can get the braces applied. Typically, orthodontist appointments are needed every six to    10 weeks in order to have them checked, replace brackets, and tightened if necessary. They will also check to make sure that you’ve been brushing and aren’t having any problems cleaning around brackets or wires.

Contact Camilo Riano Orthodontics   

If you’re looking for an orthodontist in San Francisco, look no further than Camilo Riano Orthodontics. Our practice is built on state of the art and LEED principles, using renewable building materials that benefit our environment. We take the time and care necessary to make you feel welcome and comfortable in our office. Give us a call to get started.

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