The next step in getting your orthodontic braces is consulting the orthodontist.
Whether you’ve been referred by your dentist or you visited the orthodontist on your own, you still need to explain your situation in detail. Discuss with them things like the discomforts you’re feeling and when you started experiencing them. If available, bring your latest dental x-rays and related laboratory results.
To assess your teeth and jaw alignment, they’ll ask you to bite into rubber material for a few minutes in order to make a plaster model of your teeth. They might also order a dental x-ray or digital scan of your mouth.
After a thorough examination, the orthodontist would determine if you would really benefit from having dental braces or require other treatment.
Should you need orthodontic braces, they will use the mold and scans to set up your treatment plan and create a mock-up of the braces.
Setting the Timeline
In some cases, you don’t go straight from consultation to the installation of braces. For one, you need to get your teeth professionally cleaned a couple of days before.