What to Do Before a Checkup With Your Orthodontist?

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Dr. Richard E. Graham and the team at BracesPlus are sensitive to a patient’s apprehension before an orthodontic check-up in Union County, NC. They know that a consistently, conscientious program of check-ups throughout the course of treatment is key to a successful treatment outcome. Dr. Graham and the team at BracesPlus are also passionate about creating an atmosphere where the patient looks forward to their appointments. A little fun fact about the best orthodontist in Union County, NC: Dr. Graham has had extensive training in the treatment of cranial facial skeletal discrepancies and abnormalities.

Before You Go See Your Orthodontist

  1. If you are a new patient, prepare to bring a complete set of your dental records from your dentist to help Dr. Graham correctly diagnosis your issue and plan a course of treatment.
  2. Brush and floss your teeth before your check-up.
    a. When brushing, pay attention to the area along your gumline and don’t forget your tongue!
    b. If you’re already a patient of Dr. Graham’s, and you have already started treatment, remember the oral hygiene tips Dr. Graham 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.
    c. 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. Graham any discomfort, sensitivity, or issues with your overall health during your visit.
    a. For repeat visits, inform Dr. Graham of any changes or unusual occurrences with your braces. Dr. Graham will be able to observe the treatment progress and make any needed adjustments to keep the treatment both on goal and on schedule.

Orthodontist like Dr. Graham are here to help keep you healthy and make you smile! And Dr. Graham and the orthodontic professionals at BracesPlus in Union County, NC know 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. Richard E. Graham and the team at BracesPlus are experts in orthodontia. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, braces and clear braces, and you live in the 28104 zip code area: Wesley Chapel, Union County, Waxhaw, Weddington, Indian Trail, or Monroe, NC, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Graham, contact BracesPlus at: 704.821.8008

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