How to Prepare for Your First Orthodontic Visit

Starting orthodontic treatment can be intimidating, but don’t worry! At Luv Braces, your initial visit is a stress-free and painless appointment. Our team is here to ensure you feel prepared for your first orthodontic visit by sharing more about what to expect when you come in, our treatment offerings, and questions you can ask during your visit. 


What is Orthodontic Treatment?

Orthodontics is a specialty within dental work that focuses on the alignment of teeth and the jaw. Dr. Tahbaz and Dr. Rezapour, our expert orthodontists, diagnose patients’ oral issues, create personalized treatment plans, and learn how to effectively realign their teeth to the correct position. They act as the architects behind your grin and do everything possible to meet your smile goals.

Treating all ages, Luv Braces provides comprehensive orthodontic services to the community, including Invisalign clear aligners and clear, metal, and lingual braces. No matter how complex the oral work you want to achieve is, you can rely on our team to get you there. We put your comfort and confidence first as we anticipate and accommodate your needs throughout care.


Factors to Consider in Starting Treatment

Length of Treatment

On average, orthodontic care can last between one and three years, a significant amount of time. This number changes depending on the current condition of your oral health, the appliance you choose, the work you want to accomplish, and your compliance throughout. Considering this time, our team wants you to feel as confident wearing an appliance as you are after it comes off. 

Specific options, such as lingual braces or Invisalign, offer shorter treatment thanks to the tools of today’s orthodontic technology. Still, patients can take shorter or longer than the average treatment time, depending on the severity of their case. When you visit our office, we can give you a better idea of your specific case.

Aesthetic and Lifestyle Accommodations

As orthodontics has advanced, so has the variety of appliance options you can choose from. Luv Braces is proud to provide choices to match your oral needs and aesthetic desires. We encourage you to think about the appearance you want during treatment and what kind of flexibility you are interested in in terms of oral maintenance, food restrictions, and removability. 

Dr. Tahbaz and Dr. Rezapour do their best to include your accommodations in selecting which appliance to recommend. During your free consultation, they will discuss which will best suit your case with your desires in mind. 

Your Budget

The cost of orthodontic care comes with a large range, fluctuating based on appliance choice, dental insurance, and necessary care. Luv Braces strives to keep ourselves an affordable option for everyone in our community, providing low monthly payments, automatic bank drafts, and flexible payment options. 

We accept Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana, United Healthcare, Metlife, Cigna, and many more. To better understand how dental insurance may factor into your treatment, we suggest you call your provider ahead of your first orthodontic visit to learn more about your coverage. Our team will also be happy to help you navigate any questions and determine if we have a contract with your insurance policy.


How to Prepare for Your First Orthodontic Visit

Questions to Ask During Your Visit

A lot of information is shared during your free consultation, so we recommend preparing a list of questions ahead of time to ensure we answer everything that is on your mind. We will happily answer your questions about treatment and any concerns you have about your oral health. The following is an inexhaustive list you can reference and add your own to:

  • How can I keep my teeth clean?
  • Is there any pain involved?
  • How long does treatment last? 
  • What appliance best suits my case, and how do others compare?
  • Are there any dietary restrictions I need to know about?
  • What are my next steps? 

Our team does our best to anticipate common patient questions, but we encourage you to ask for more details whenever necessary. We want you to feel completely confident in your case with us. If you need anything after leaving our practice, don’t hesitate to contact our practice. Our front desk staff will ensure your call is directed to the right person and you get the answers you need.


What to Expect During Your Free Consultation Appointment

When you first walk into our office, you will be greeted by our friendly front desk staff and receive a short tour of our offices. Our treatment coordinator will take digital photos of your teeth and capture a digital 3D model with our iTero element scanner. This allows us to better understand the current positioning of your teeth and how we help align them. 

Dr. Tahbaz and Dr. Rezapour create your personalized treatment plan based on these records as well as your dental and medical history. After being brought into a private consultation room, they will discuss areas of concern, what Luv Braces can do to help, and show you similar cases to see how your teeth will shift. They will take their time answering all of your questions about the process.


How to Prepare for Your First Orthodontic Visit

Start Your Smile Treatment Today!

Now that you know more about how to prepare and what to expect during your orthodontic visit, we hope you feel confident coming into our practice for the first time! Our experienced and friendly staff are here to help you each step of the way. We proudly serve patients of all ages in Bee Cave, Austin, and the surrounding communities. Schedule your free consultation with Dr. Tahbaz and Dr. Rezapour today!