Your First Visit to the Pueblo Orthodontist
Posted on September 16, 2019
The type of dentist that you see matters in monitoring your child’s dental growth and development. An orthodontist is a dentist that is specifically trained to detect certain issues and evaluate your child’s dental growth. At SoCo Smiles Orthodontics, our Pueblo orthodontist’s goal is to give you the smile of your dreams using metal braces, clear braces, or clear aligners.
We hope to clear up some frequently asked questions about what you can expect at your first visit to the Pueblo orthodontist below!
1. What’s the right age to bring my child to the Pueblo orthodontist?
All you need to know are three words… 7 and up! That’s right, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends a child see the orthodontist for the first time by age 7. Why so early? Because at this age, our orthodontist, Dr. Kofford, can identify and intercept certain orthodontic issues before they become more severe. For our patients, this can mean eliminating the need for extractions, surgery or more complex orthodontic treatment in the future. Though only a small percentage of children will need orthodontic treatment at age 7, by bringing your child in at this early age, you ensure that they start orthodontic treatment at the most opportune time.
2. What sort of things will the doctors check for during my first visit to the Pueblo orthodontist?
Dr. Kofford will evaluate tooth concerns, such as crowding, spacing, protrusion or impaction of teeth. We’ll also examine jawbone issues, which can cause imbalances. Our orthodontist will look at whether you have crossbites of one or more teeth which may result in jaw shifting and or unequal bone development. We’ll also look for oral habits, such as digit sucking or tongue thrusting, which can cause unwanted tooth movement. Dr. Kofford will also look for any medical issues, such as mouth breathing, allergies and joint dysfunction.
3. Will I find out how much orthodontic treatment will cost me?
The cost of braces and clear aligners depend upon the severity of each person’s orthodontic issues. After your orthodontic evaluation, if treatment is recommended, our Treatment Coordinator will discuss fees and payment options with you. We strive to provide affordable orthodontic care because we believe NOTHING should stand in the way of an amazing smile! SoCo Smiles Orthodontics has different payment plans to suit your budget. We work hard to make orthodontics an affordable and worthwhile investment that you’ll cherish for life! We even have aligner programs that are specifically designed for those who need minor tooth movements, so the length of treatment and cost can be lower! To learn more about our financial options, click here.
We do everything we can to make your first visit a breeze and hope we’ve answered most of your questions about what to expect during your first visit to our Pueblo orthodontist, SoCo Smiles Orthodontics. However, if you have any other questions at all, we’d be happy to answer them! To schedule your complimentary orthodontic consultation, all you have to do is click here or give us a call. We hope to see you soon!