Your First Visit

If you are considering orthodontics, in the first instance you should book an initial consultation with the clinic which is most convenient for you.

At the first consultation, a discussion will take place regarding your orthodontic concerns and information about your medical history and dental history will be collected. This will be followed by an orthodontic examination. This is completely painless as little more than a dental mirror, probe and ruler are usually used.

All this information will be used to determine the treatment which is most suited for your needs. We will then outline this treatment to you along with any alternatives. The most appropriate type of brace will also be described and shown to you on pre-fabricated models.

You will then usually be seen by the treatment coordinator who will outline the costs for the various treatments that have been recommended. Should you have any questions after this visit, the treatment coordinator will be your point of contact.

Your proposed treatment is subject to satisfactory X-ray findings. You should allow 30 minutes for the entire visit.

Your Records Appointment

After you initial consultation, you will be sent a treatment plan to consider. If you decide to proceed with treatment, you will be given a records appointment.

At your records appointment, we will take some further measurements. X-rays will be taken so it is important that any jewellery is removed from the head and neck region. Metal hair clips and any piercings will also need to be removed.

Some impressions (detailed record of your teeth and bite) will be taken using a putty material. This is painless and the materials we use are very quick setting. We are increasingly taking intra-oral scans using a special wand to capture the information that would normally be collected by taking impressions.

Finally, clinical photographs of your face and teeth will be taken.

After this visit, a consent and planning appointment is often arranged to ensure that you fully understand the treatment. This also gives you an opportunity to ask any final questions you may have before treatment begins.