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What If I Have to Move During My Orthodontic Treatment?

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You gave yourself the gift of a better smile by signing up for orthodontic treatment. When you began your treatment, you knew it was going to take some time. You prepared for that time commitment, but then life happened!

Most people don’t enjoy moving, but the need to change locations can come up quickly. What do you do if this happens in the middle of your treatment?

Switching treatment providers can be a little tricky, but don’t worry! It’s not impossible. You can successfully continue your orthodontic treatment with a little careful planning.

Do Your Research

First of all, look into which orthodontic treatment providers are available in the area you plan to move to. Ask your current orthodontist if he or she can make any recommendations. Do an online search. Make some phone calls. As you search, make sure to ask whether the office accepts transfer patients.

Gather Important Records

To successfully transfer offices, you’ll need copies of your initial records and treatment chart. Your next care provider can’t necessarily guess how to continue your treatment without documentation of what’s already been done.

There is a transfer form available from the American Association of Orthodontists that can assist in accurately conveying your records. If this form isn’t available at your current office, then try to collect your own list of records by asking your orthodontist about the following:

  • Current treatment plan
  • Present treatment stage
  • Recommendations for continued treatment
  • Size and type of wires presently in your mouth
  • Bracket slot size
  • Bracket type and prescription
  • Bonding agent or cement currently used

As soon as you have plans to relocate, talk with your dentist and orthodontist. With a little advance planning, you can make your treatment transition a smooth one!

Posted on behalf of:
Crabapple Dental
12670 Crabapple Rd #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 319-0123

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