As an orthodontist, I see patients who have been waiting for years to get their teeth aligned. The process can take anywhere from a few months to three years! But how long does it actually take?
The length of time it takes depends on the severity of the patient’s malocclusion (overbite or under bite) and how many visits are needed. We measure each visit in terms of “months,” so if you need 3 months worth of alignments, that will be 6 months total.
It also depends on how many visits each day you need. Let’s say it takes an average of 30 minutes to do an alignment, so one visit is about half a day (i.e., less than the full workday). If your orthodontist sees six patients per day and averages at least three alignments for each patient, they can see 18 patients in a single eight-hour workday!
The best part? Each appointment usually takes no more than 45 minutes because we’re fast – but if there are any complications or adjustments needed during appointments, that might add some time to the process. In cases where not all teeth require treatment due to crowding or spacing issues, this will reduce the amount of time needed for treatment.
What a day in the life of an orthodontist really looks like:
We get up before it’s too late and go to work at our office, where we see patients all morning on Mondays through Saturdays. On Sundays, we’re usually home watching football (Go Seahawks!) or spending time with friends and family – but if you need us on Sunday, don’t hesitate to call! We might even be able to squeeze you in before halftime starts :) …You’ll learn more about how long does it take to do an alignment when you come visit Ortho-Speak…
One day is never the same as another here because every patient has different needs that are carefully addressed by our team of highly qualified
professionals. You’ll meet our team of orthodontists, dental assistants and office coordinators who work seamlessly together to provide the most caring patient experience possible…
What you can expect:
We visit every one of our patients in their home at least once for a treatment evaluation appointment before we begin any procedures or treatments so that we know what they need and how long it’s going to take – as well as how much it will cost! And while this is happening, all insurance information is verified so that you’re never surprised by a bill after treatment ends. We really put your best interests first here because when you feel confident about your smile, chances are good that everything else feels better too :) …You’ll be sure to find out more about our process, and how we’re different from other orthodontists near you.
what to expect when visiting the office for a consultation appointment before any procedures or treatments begin
all insurance information is verified so that patients don’t get surprised with bills after treatment ends. They’ll find out more about the difference between this practice and others in their area too
This blog post is an overview of what it’s like every day at my job as an orthodontist! It covers many aspects of life on my side of the desk, including how much time I spend with each patient (my typical day starts around eight o’clock), what exactly I do during those precious few hours together, and how I’m different from other orthodontists near you.
Every day starts with a warm greeting and hearty handshake, followed by introductions to the family members who have traveled far for this consultation appointment before any procedures or treatments begin. For those few hours together we’ll talk about what’s been going on in their lives since they last visited my office, address any concerns that may be weighing them down at home (including questions like “is it normal for both of my teeth to hurt?”) and make decisions about how best to get started here in the future. And as soon as it becomes clear which direction treatment should take, all insurance information is verified so that patients don’t get surprised with bills after treatment ends. They’ll find out how much they have to contribute up front, and I’ll take care of the rest.
“It’s been a long time since my last visit,” one patient says as she gets situated in her chair for an initial exam. “I’m glad you’re still here.” It warms my heart when that happens because it means not only are orthodontists very good at what we do but our patients know it too.
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