Moving with Braces
Getting braces is a big deal. For most people, this marks the beginning of their journey to better oral health and a straighter smile. But what if you need to move to a new city before your orthodontist treatment is complete? While this question can cause some anxiety among orthodontic patients, here at Fravel Brewer Orthodontics, we can help make your transition smooth and easy.
Step 1: Talk to your current orthodontist
Unfortunately, transferring to a new practice is less than ideal. It can cause treatment time to be extended and can end up costing more money in the end. The first thing to do when you find out you’re moving is talk to your current orthodontist. They have experience with helping other patients handle a move during orthodontic treatment and will be able to help you too.
Depending on how much treatment is left, sometimes the best solution is to simply return for a few visits and the removal of braces. If you move too far away or if there is just too much treatment left for this to be possible, your orthodontist can plan your last appointment at their office and make sure you have what you need before moving.
Step 2: Find a new orthodontist
Talk to your current orthodontist and see if they have any recommendations for orthodontists near your new home. Orthodontists often have friendships with other orthodontists from their days in school or attending conferences. They may have some knowledge of who would be a good fit for you.
You should also look at your insurance and note any changes due to your move. Whether you are keeping your current insurance or getting new insurance due to the move, make sure whoever you choose to be your new orthodontist is covered by your insurance. This information can usually be found online at your insurance carrier’s website or by calling the number on your insurance card.
You should also make sure your new orthodontist is able to continue your same treatment. Ask them if you can keep your braces or current appliances, or if they’ll have to replace them. Generally, it will be easier for you if they can keep your current appliances.
Step 3: Attend your last appointment at your current office
It’s important to visit your current orthodontist one last time before moving. They can take any pictures or X-rays and send them to your new orthodontist. Ask to have your complete patient records sent to your new orthodontist; they might require you to fill out a waiver before you move.
You can also close out your account with your old orthodontist office and complete any pending payments. If you have been paying for your orthodontic treatment through drafted monthly payments, make sure your account doesn’t continue to get drafted after you move.
Your orthodontist should also give you any supplies you need before you move: rubber bands, wax, flossers, and other braces necessities. In the event your new orthodontist needs to give you their own braces or appliances, your current orthodontist will remove your current ones.
If you are moving and looking for a new orthodontist in Orlando, contact Fravel Brewer Orthodontics today! We are happy to take new patients in any stage of their orthodontic treatment. Contact us today for a free consultation!
Fravel Brewer Orthodontics has been helping patients achieve beautiful smiles as the preferred orthodontist in Winter Garden, Ocoee, and West Orange County, Florida for almost 30 years. Treatment options for kids and adults include Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, ceramic braces, and silver braces. Call us at (407) 656-0001 to schedule a free consultation today!