Re: First Orthodontist Appointment
It's been a while, but the way I recall, they just examine you first day, take impressions (push soft clay up against your teeth and gums, then remove), also X-rays pictures. He'll look all around in your mouth, poke and prod. Then they propose a plan of action, go over options. Your next visit is when they install them.
As for plan of action, if your teeth are crowded, and an option to pull some teeth or keep them, I think you should let them pull some. I went two years trying to keep crowded teeth, and they wound up pulling them, waste of time.
Also, they have a couple options to consider now for braces. The regular kind, which are wires and gray metal; then there's the cosmetic kind, which are a lighter-colored material but more expensive. If you are a young person, go with the light-colored braces, because your looks change with metal-colored braces, which looks are important to a teenager.
Pulling teeth is not painful. They give you a shot of numbing meds, which most dentists can do this without it hurting, just a quick sting. Putting braces on is also not painful, just a lot of pressure and a couple hours of someone's hands in your mouth, very tiring and awkward. Periodic adjustments are a breeze.