Your First Orthodontic Appointment

Your first orthodontic appointment.Your first visit to our Angleton or Lake Jackson orthodontics office is an exciting time! It's a chance for us to get acquainted, and for you to learn about the orthodontic treatments and services we offer. When you walk in the door, you may notice that our office looks similar to your regular dentist's office; what we do here, however, is a little different.  We limit our practice to orthodontics only as Dr. Henson is a specialist in this field.

What  Happens on my First Appointment

You should plan to spend at least an hour with us the first time. That's to ensure that no one has to rush, and that you get plenty of time to ask any questions you may have. You will meet one of our receptionists or patient coordinators, who will take some information from you and escort you to the patient exam room.  Dr. Henson will perform a careful examination. Besides looking in the mouth, he may also ask questions, such as whether the jaws make noise when the mouth is opening or closing, or if there are any problems chewing or swallowing.  A big part of our job today is to determine what treatment is necessary to correct any problems we may find — and whether we should begin now, or wait until a later time.  Following the exam with Dr. Henson, we may tell you that things are just fine — or, we may recommend treatment. Treatment might begin right away or at a later time, depending on the developmental stage of the teeth and jaws.  

After the exam is complete , you will be taken to our consult room where we will  explain what our fees will be, and what payment options are available.

Treatment Begins

Treatment begins by taking a set of regular photographs of the teeth in their present state. Next, we'll probably take a series of radiographic (X-ray) images. These enable us to see what's going on underneath the gums: the position and growth of bones and joints, and the teeth that are still below the gum line. In some cases, we may also take an impression (mold) of the teeth. This lets us make an exact replica of the bite, which helps us understand exactly what the problem is and how best to treat it. If we need to do this, we will ask you (or your child) to bite down on some soft putty-like material for a few moments; then we'll remove it and make the mold in our lab.  For your convenience, if you would like your records to be taken at the time of your first appointment, please inform our receptionist when you schedule  your free exam in order to allow sufficient time.

When you leave our office, we think you'll have a better understanding of how we can help you get the best possible smile. So why not take the first step now — call us for a consultation at either our Angleton or Lake Jackson orthodontic offices!

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