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4 Things to expect on your first orthodontist appointment

So you’ve scheduled your first orthodontist appointment and you’re preparing for a life-changing journey to a beautiful new smile. That’s something to be excited about! We can’t wait to see you.

But first, you may have a few questions about the process: “What happens at the first orthodontist appointment? What can I expect?”

We’re here to break it all down – no surprises. Here are four things you can expect at your orthodontist consultation with Graf Orthodontics in Bossier City, Shreveport, Minden, Natchitoches, Many, or Alexandria.

1. Your orthodontist will examine your smile!

When you first visit our orthodontist office, you’ll meet your own personal orthodontist who you’ll see at each visit! You’ll see Dr. Graf, Dr. Cloud or Dr. Digney and get to know a little bit about each other.

We’ll take digital x-rays, digital scans and photos to gain the full picture of your teeth, gums and jaw bones, and your highly-experienced orthodontist will examine your smile.

We use the advanced iTero® scanner to take accurate and precise impressions/scans of your mouth, without the discomfort and messiness of traditional putty impressions.

You’ll see that we use the latest technologies to make for a comfortable and positive experience in our office!

Your orthodontist will use all of this information, from your visual exam, digital x-rays and impressions, to create your personalized treatment plan!

2. You’ll choose a treatment!

At your first orthodontic appointment, we’ll help you explore your treatment options so you can choose the best one for you. Your orthodontist will suggest a treatment option based on your needs.

The best treatment option for you will depend on your preferences and lifestyle. Our orthodontists have the experience necessary to treat you with your preferred option.

We provide advanced Empower® self-ligating braces in metal and clear, and Spark™ clear aligners for all ages.

3. We’ll create a payment plan that suits your needs.

We’ll talk finances too! We offer 0% interest in-house financing and outside financing with CareCredit.

We’ll present our financial options, discuss our in-house financing plans and match you with any discount opportunities. We offer a range of treatment discounts, including a pay-in-full discount, family member discount and military discount.

We’ll also calculate your dental insurance benefit if you have insurance! We accept most insurance plans and will submit your insurance claims for you so you can receive the maximum benefit.

We know it sounds like a lot, but you’ll hear all of this again at your orthodontics appointment!

We aim to make every orthodontic appointment a great experience, from your first visit – to your last. You will always be greeted with smiles and friendly faces!

4. You begin treatment and start smiling!

Once your treatment and financing plans are squared away, the next step is transforming your smile.

If you choose Spark clear aligners, your orthodontist will take quick digital scans of your smile, then send these scans off for your custom treatment to be designed and printed! If you choose self-ligating braces, we’ll prepare to have your braces placed by your orthodontist.

You offer ‘same day braces’, so you can complete your orthodontic exam and get your braces (or clear aligner scans taken) – all in the same appointment!

Finally, you’ll start braces treatment or pop your aligners in place, and watch your smile transform over the coming months.

Schedule your complimentary consultation today!

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions about what to expect. If you’re looking for a top orthodontist near Bossier City, Shreveport, Minden, Natchitoches, Many or Alexandria, we’d love to meet you! We’re proud to provide high-quality orthodontics in a family-friendly environment.

The final step to preparing for your first visit is scheduling your first visit. Once you request your free exam, we’ll reach out to you to get your appointment scheduled and prepare for your visit!


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