What to expect on your first visit to the orthodontist – Staten Island and Brooklyn

What to expect on your first visit to your Staten Island and Brooklyn orthodontist

Your first visit to our office is exciting! It’s a time for you to get to know us, and to find out more about what types of treatment would work best in your case. Most patients who visit us aren’t sure what to expect during their first visit. Because having an idea of what to expect can help to make people feel more comfortable, we would like to give you an outline of what will happen during your first visit.

Talking with the orthodontist

The first part of the visit will involve talking with Dr. AlJanabi. You’ll have a discussion about your concerns with your smile and your goals for your treatment. He’ll ask you questions about your medical and dental history. He’ll also want to know what your preferences are. For example, he’ll ask whether it’s important to you that your treatment be discreet, and whether the length of treatment matters to you. In addition, this is a chance for you to get to know Dr. AlJanabi and his approach to orthodontics. You can ask as many questions as you’d like.

Exam and imaging

In order to determine what treatment plan would be best for you, Dr. AlJanabi will first need to determine what alignment problems you have. He will perform a thorough examination. This will involve a few minutes in the chair, during which he’ll look inside your mouth to see the positions of the teeth and gums and their relationships to each other.

Imaging

To see the roots of the teeth and any teeth that are still below the gums, an exam isn’t enough. A panoramic X-ray will be taken of your entire mouth. We use all digital X-rays, so the radiation exposure is minimal. Taking the panoramic X-ray is a fairly quick process, with the actual scan lasting less than a minute. The X-ray machine rotates around your head to get images of your entire mouth, including both jaw bones and all of the tooth roots. Using this information, Dr. AlJanabi can predict how your teeth will move during treatment.

Impressions/Scan

Dr. AlJanabi will also take impressions of your mouth. This is used to create a 3D model of your teeth and gums, which is then used for treatment planning and the fabrication of appliances. The old way of taking these impressions was through the use of a clay-like substance that you bite down on for a few minutes. Many of our patients didn’t enjoy this process. Fortunately, technology has made this no longer necessary. Our office uses iTero, the latest technology, which allows digital impressions to be taken. The technology uses a handheld wand to scan the inside of the mouth. A computer can then create a digital 3D model of the patient’s mouth. This can be used for taking measurements, which saves you time in the chair.

Treatment Planning

After all of the information has been collected, Dr. AlJanabi will talk to you about his recommendations for your treatment. In some cases, he’ll recommend that treatment begin right away. In other cases, particularly for children, he may recommend waiting. Dr. AlJanabi will be completely transparent with you about why he’s making these particular recommendations. He’ll take the time to answer any questions that you may have, and will offer all of the information you need to make your decisions about your treatment.

Your Staten Island and Brooklyn orthodontist is ready to meet you!

Dr. AlJanabi has lived in this area for nearly his entire life, and he really enjoys creating perfect smiles for the people of Brooklyn and Staten Island. Please contact our office to schedule your appointment. We’ll be happy to see you at either our of our two office locations, in Brooklyn or Staten Island. Why wait any longer? It’s time to start your journey toward that perfect smile.