Five Things to Expect at Your First Orthodontic Visit

We often get asked “What can I expect at my child’s first orthodontic visit? So, we’ve created a list of the top 5 things you and your family can expect when attending a complimentary orthodontic consultation at RPDO.

Introduction to RPDO:

As Richmond’s longest running orthodontic practice, we have been creating beautiful smiles for over 50 years. We take pride in offering excellent care for patients of all ages (even adults!) in a fun, relaxed environment. Whether your child already sees one of our pediatric dentists, or you’re new to RPDO, our team of skilled Treatment Coordinators and Orthodontists are excited to meet you and your family! You can expect lots of smiles, laughs and feeling like family by the time you leave. With offices located in Richmond, Glen Allen, Midlothian, and Ashland we offer convenient care that fits even the busiest of schedules.

Medical and Dental History:

Before getting started, you’ll be asked to fill out paperwork regarding your child’s dental and medical history. The treatment coordinator will use this information when determining the best orthodontic treatment options for your child.

Oral Examination and Imaging:

The next step of your first orthodontic visit includes getting up-to-date x-rays and photographs of your child’s teeth, jaw and bite orientations. This is followed by an oral examination, where we’ll use small tools to take a closer look at your child’s teeth and gums. This process is very similar to your routine dental visit and should not cause reason for worry or concern. The oral exam and imaging will help the Orthodontist diagnose any underlying issues that may need to be corrected prior to starting your child’s orthodontic treatment. These include lingering baby teeth, cavities, etc.

Questions and Answers:

Your initial orthodontic consultation is the best time to ask questions and address any concerns you might have regarding orthodontic treatment. You will likely be given educational materials specific to your treatment plan. You will be able to take home and share with other members of the family who may not have been able to attend the consultation. However, we are always available and happy to answer any questions you might have regarding your child’s orthodontic treatment.

Treatment Plan & Finances:

After the Treatment Coordinator and Orthodontist have gone through your medical and dental history, completed the oral exam and imaging, you’ll be presented with a treatment plan that outlines the best options to achieve the desired results. The objective of the treatment plan is to give the parent and patient a clear understanding of what to expect and the actual procedures that will take place at their upcoming orthodontic appointments. In addition to the treatment plan, you will also be presented with a financial planner that will outline the cost of the recommended treatment, payment plan options and  treatment timeline.