Long Beach, CA Orthodontist Patient Information

At Garlington Orthodontics, our team is excited to help our Long Beach, CA, patients achieve a healthy, beautiful smile. Whether you are a new patient or already part of our orthodontic family, we want you to feel comfortable and informed throughout your treatment journey. Here’s what you can expect from your experience with us.

For Patients in Long Beach, CA

What to Expect at Your First Visit in Long Beach, CA

Your first visit to our practice is an important step in your orthodontic journey. Knowing what to expect can help ease any anxiety you might have. 

  1. Initial Consultation: During your first appointment, Dr. Garlington will examine your teeth and discuss your treatment goals. This is a great time to ask any questions you may have about the process.

  2. Digital X-Rays and Scans: We use digital X-rays and scans to get a detailed look at your teeth and jaw. This helps us create a precise and personalized treatment plan.

  3. Treatment Plan Discussion: Based on the examination and digital images, Dr. Garlington will recommend the best treatment options for you. We will explain each option, including the benefits and what to expect during treatment.

  4. Next Steps: If you decide to start treatment, we’ll take digital scans or impressions of your teeth to create your custom aligners. We’ll also schedule your next appointment to begin your orthodontic journey.

During Your Treatment

Orthodontic treatment is a partnership between you and our team. You’ll visit our office every 6-8 weeks so Dr. Garlington can monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments. These appointments are usually quick and straightforward.

Additionally, it’s important to take care of your aligners. For braces, brush and floss regularly to keep your teeth and gums healthy. For Invisalign, clean your aligners daily and follow the instructions for wear time. You also need to wear your aligners as directed. Consistency makes sure your treatment stays on schedule and you achieve the best results.

 If you have any concerns or questions during your treatment, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. We’re here to help and support you every step of the way.

After Your Treatment

Once your braces or aligners are removed, you’ll want to maintain your new smile. We have several treatments and tips for your best results. 

After completing your treatment, you’ll need to wear a retainer to keep your teeth in their new position. Dr. Garlington will recommend the best type of retainer for you and explain how to care for it.

We’ll schedule follow-up appointments to ensure your teeth remain properly aligned. These visits help us catch any potential issues early and keep your smile looking great. We can also discuss any other oral health issues you may need to address.

With your new smile, you’ll have improved oral health and a boost in confidence. Keep up with good oral hygiene practices and regular dental check-ups to maintain your beautiful smile. We look forward to helping you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us today. At Garlington Orthodontics, your smile is our priority!