Start the New Year With a New Smile! Tips for Scheduling Appointments at the Orthodontist

Is this the year for orthodontics for you or your child? January is the time to start working on those New Year’s resolutions and the time to start thinking about reserving your orthodontist appointments. 

The first month of the year is one of the busiest months for orthodontists because new insurance benefits start. So if you’re looking to get started in January when your insurance benefits kick in, you may find that scheduling an appointment isn’t that simple. It’s best to call as soon as you wash out your champagne flute. 

There are other things to consider in 2020 when scheduling orthodontic treatment for you or your child. Read on for our appointment scheduling tips at Lansdowne Orthodontics to help improve your smile or correct common dental issues in 2020. 

Scheduling appointments for children

If you want your child to miss the least amount of school and also ensure that they’re not distracted during class as they get used to their new braces, take advantage of holiday breaks and federal holidays. Did you know that while schools are closed on holidays such as Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents Day, many orthodontics offices are not?

To take advantage of a school holiday or holiday break, schedule your appointment 8-10 weeks in advance for federal holidays and 10-12 weeks prior to spring break.

When scheduling orthodontic appointments, keep in mind that we may need three weeks to have some long-term appliances fabricated after we take an impression of your child’s teeth.  

Scheduling appointments for adults

Are you one of the over 1.4 million adults looking to finally get your megawatt smile? There are lots of things to consider in scheduling orthodontic appointments.

For example, depending on what orthodontic work you want or need, the process may take more than 12-18 months to complete. Also, some orthodontic work requires surgery and time to heal. So if you’re a temporary worker in the area who’s thinking that this year would be a good time to get that orthodontic work you always wanted done, factor in the time needed to complete the work.

If you have a young adult in your family who’s planning to enter military service, consider that their orthodontic treatment must be completed before active duty. Plan their orthodontic appointments accordingly.

And if you want to say “I do” with an improved smile, make your appointment soon after you call or text your family and friends to share the good news. It can take a year or so to get the smile you want. 

Are you ready to schedule your orthodontic appointment? Call us at Lansdowne Orthodontics to schedule it today. 

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