What Happens At An Orthodontic Consultation?

Orthodontics is a subfield of dentistry that diagnoses and treats abnormalities affecting the teeth, jaws, and lower face. The most common reason why people visit an orthodontist is to correct malocclusions, such as overbites, underbites, and crooked teeth. And while these are all common reasons to visit an orthodontist, the most common reason is that people want to feel confident in their smile again. If this is the case for you, we want you to know what you can expect when you first visit an orthodontist. 

For Children

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children receive their first orthodontic check-up no later than seven years of age. Orthodontists are trained to detect even the most minor of problems with emerging permanent teeth and jaw development in young children. Early treatment of malocclusions is the best way to prevent the need for more extensive treatment in the future.

First-time orthodontic check consultations for children can consist of the following:

  • A comprehensive examination of teeth and gums – If tooth decay, cavities, gingivitis or other oral problem is found, we may recommend a dentist specializing in treating dental and gum diseases
  • Digital imaging scans of the lower jaw, upper jaw and all teeth (many times this is done at the second appointment)
  • Measuring bite parameters to determine if the child’s upper and lower teeth are meeting each other correctly

Your orthodontist will then recommend treatment if necessary. If your orthodontist detects minor or subtle signs of malocclusions, they may recommend waiting until later to see if the condition is not expected to cause problems while waiting.

Orthodontic treatment may be indicated for children who:

  • Have a history of excessive thumb sucking
  • Drank from a bottle past the age of three
  • Chronically breathes from their mouth instead of their nose
  • Lost baby (primary) teeth too late or too early
  • Have noticeable overbites, underbites, or teeth overcrowding
  • Have speech or chewing issues not attributed to other medical issues

Children with certain malocclusions may need to undergo dental procedures before an orthodontic treatment program can be developed. Teeth overcrowding could mean a child has too many teeth and may require one or more extractions to begin repositioning existing teeth.

For Adults

If you see an orthodontist to correct your smile, braces may be discussed, along with other options that straighten teeth such as Invisalign. However, before you can talk about all the options for orthodontic treatment, your orthodontist will complete a full comprehensive oral exam. From there, they will be able to determine the best options for you depending on your lifestyle and hobbies. 

The first thing you can expect to happen during an orthodontic consultation is to have all of your questions answered. This is a crucial step because having more information, and the right information, will help you ultimately make a better choice when deciding which orthodontic treatment is right for you. Options like clear ceramic braces, Invisalign, surgical orthodontics, and even retainers can be discussed during your initial consultation. 

Schedule Your First Visit with Dr. Reddick in Melbourne, FL

No one’s smile is the same. Whether you’re a child, teen, or an adult, there is an orthodontic treatment option out there that is right for you. We understand you may be nervous when it comes to physical changes to your appearance, however, braces are only temporary, and your beautiful smile afterwards will last a lifetime. 

Trust the experts at Reddick Orthodontics to get you on your way to a smile you’ll be proud of showing off. Contact us today to schedule your first visit!


We have missed seeing everyone!  We are finally able to go back to work and look forward to seeing all of our patients and their families.  We are in the process of calling everyone who has missed an appointment during our forced office closure to reschedule and get back on track.  We will be working overtime in the coming months to do what we can to help. Unfortunately, our time out of work will delay treatment completion for many and for that we are truly sorry.  Most importantly, we hope this message finds everyone happy and healthy.

The health and safety of our patients, their families, and the community remain our primary focus.  We are taking as many precautions as possible for prevention of spreading COVID-19.  We will remain vigilant with our sterilization and disinfection protocols and we will  be taking additional precautionary measures as well.   If the patient or an immediate family member has been sick in the past two weeks, we ask that you please call us to reschedule the appointment to a later date as a precaution.

To limit the traffic in our building, we will be adjusting to a “parking lot waiting area”.  We will have a staff member come out to each vehicle to greet you and check the patient in.  Please call the office if you are not promptly greeted.  There are some types of appointments that require a parent’s participation, so we ask that anyone accompanying the patient into the office wear a mask or face covering.  We can provide masks if necessary. 

We will only be utilizing half of our operatories to maintain significant distance between patients.  We ask that all of our patients please thoroughly brush their teeth prior to their appointments to limit use of our toothbrushing area.  We have also installed plexiglass barriers between our front desk and the waiting area.  As always, we will continue to be committed to giving each of our patients the best experience possible!

Thank you for your understanding!

The Reddick Orthodontics Team