Your First Visit Appointment
A visit to the orthodontist does not require a specific referral. Feel free to contact us at any time to schedule your first appointment.
During the first visit, Dr Justin Fong will conduct a complete examination of your teeth, mouth, smile and profile. We are a fully digital practice, so photographs and a 3D scan of your teeth will be taken for accurate measurements.
We require our patients to take 2 Xrays (OPG and Lateral Cephalogram) before the initial visit appointment, so Dr Fong will have all the information required for detailed analysis. We usually refer our patients to radiologies that will accept Medicare so there is no out of pocket expense for you. We can send you the referral for these when you contact us to book an initial visit appointment.
We will take the opportunity to get to know you better, and answer any questions you may have about your teeth and bite. By the conclusion of the first visit, you will have a good understanding of your orthodontic issues, and viable options for treatment.
An orthodontic report will be written to you and your dentist, outlining and summarising the discussions covered during the first visit. The orthodontic report will also indicate Dr Fong’s recommended treatment plan and a detailed quotation may be supplied.
This first visit generally lasts for about 45mins to 1hr.
When everyone is happy with what has been discussed at the Initial Visit, the next step is to have your braces or appliance fitted (if extractions are not required). Duration for this appointment will vary depending on what orthodontic treatment you have chosen, but generally for upper and lower braces, this will take approximately 90mins.
The procedure is painless though your teeth will start to ache a few hours afterwards. It is recommended to take some Panadol just after the braces fitting to ease the discomfort which will pass over the next few days. And have some soft. mushy food prepared for the next couple of days.
Please read our FAQs page for helpful tips and tricks on how to take care of braces, what you should and shouldn’t eat.