What to Do Before a Checkup With Your Orthodontist?

What to Do Before a Checkup With Your Orthodontist?
Posted on 07/14/2017

We at Pritchard Orthodontics are sensitive to a patient's apprehension before an orthodontic check-up. We know that a consistently, conscientious program of check-ups throughout the course of treatment is key to a successful treatment outcome. And as the best orthodontist in the Vancouver, WA area, Dr. Tyler Pritchard is passionate about creating an atmosphere where the patient looks forward to their appointments.

Before You Go See Your Orthodontist

  1. If you are a new patient, prepare to bring us a complete set of your dental records from your dentist to help Dr. Pritchard correctly diagnosis your issue and plan a course of treatment
  2. Brush and floss your teeth before your check-up.
    • When brushing, pay attention to the area along your gumline and don't forget your tongue!
    • If you're already a patient of ours, and you have already started treatment, remember the oral hygiene tips Dr. Pritchard told you. Whether its removing your Invisalign trays to clean and eat, or paying attention to the areas above and below the brackets if your have braces, and angling the bristles up and down into the corners where they're adhered.
    • Use a fluoride mouthwash to rinse after cleaning, and swish it around to clear food debris from in between.

The Day of Your Appointment

  1. For your first appointment (or initial consultation), arrive about ten to fifteen minutes early. Sign in, get acquainted with the staff, and update any information necessary (e.g., insurance, contact info, etc). And don't hesitate to share with Dr. Pritchard any discomfort, sensitivity, or issues with your overall health during your visit.
    • For repeat visits, inform Dr. Pritchard of any changes or unusual occurrences with your treatment. Dr. Pritchard will be able to observe the treatment progress and make any needed adjustments to keep the treatment both on goal and on schedule.

Here at Pritchard Orthodontics, we pride ourselves on helping to keep our Vancouver, WA patients healthy and make them smile! And Dr. Pritchard knows that treatment outcomes depend a lot on the treatment conditions; this means that practicing good oral hygiene during treatment is important for the health and longevity of your new smile. To schedule an initial consultation, an adjustment appointment, or for more information,contact us today.

Dr. Tyler S. Pritchard and the team at Pritchard Orthodontics are experts in Invisalign. If you have any questions pertaining to braces, clear braces, Invisalign, or Invisalign Teen in Hockinson, Amboy, Brush Prairie, Yacolt, Vancouver, or Battle Ground, WA, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Pritchard,contact Pritchard Orthodonticsat: 360.667.4111