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What goes on in orthodontic treatment?

That's simple enough: Orthodontic treatment corrects misalignments of the teeth and jaws. Here we tell you what steps go into it.

The treatment

Your first appointment

What will happen? A lot of questions

Your first visit

Your first visit

Before you visit your orthodontist, you may have some questions you would like answered. Why have I been referred to the orthodontist? Your dentist would like a specialist's advice about the position of your teeth. The orthodontist will advise whether you would benefit from orthodontic treatment. What will happen at my first appointment? It is likely the orthodontist will look at your mouth and teeth. X-rays, photographs and impressions may also be taken. All of these measurements and records will help the orthodontist decide which is the best treatment for you.

There are likely to be four possible outcomes:

You are not yet ready for treatment, in which case you may need to see the orthodontist again when you are older.

Your dental health is not good enough. This may be due to poor toothbrushing or decayed teeth. Your dentist may send you to the orthodontist again when things have improved.

You do not need treatment because the positioning of your teeth is perfectly acceptable, or expected to be.

You are ready for treatment and need to decide whether to go ahead.
Other possible examinations

In addition to taking impressions, it is likely the orthodontist will take additional X-rays or photographs. Together with the impression, these will help the orthodontist decide what is the best treatment for you.

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