What To Do Before An Orthodontic Checkup

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Dr. Christel Hummert and the team at Garden State Orthodontics are sensitive to a patient’s apprehension before an orthodontic check-up in Union, NJ. They know that a consistently conscientious program of check-ups throughout the course of treatment is key to a successful treatment outcome. Dr. Hummert looks forward to their appointments as a board-certified orthodontist in Union, NJ.

Before You Go

  • If you are a new orthodontic patient, bringing a complete set of dental records from your dentist will help Dr. Hummert diagnosis the issue and plan a course of treatment.
  • Brushing and flossing your teeth before your check-up is a no-brainer. A clean mouth, clear of food debris and odors, is putting your best foot forward, so to speak, when visiting the team at Garden State Orthodontics.
  • If you’re already a patient of Dr. Hummert, and you have been fitted for your braces, remember to keep them clean especially before an appointment. Floss picks or a Waterpik are effective at keeping the spaces between your braces and your teeth clean and clear.
  • When brushing, pay attention to the areas above and below the brackets, angling the bristles up and down into the corners where they’re adhered.
  • Use a fluoride mouthwash to rinse after brushing, and swish it around to clear food debris from in between.

Your Appointment

  • For your first appointment or initial consultation, arrive about ten or fifteen minutes early. Sign in, get acquainted with the staff, and update any information necessary (insurance, contact info, etc.). Tell the doctor of any discomfort, sensitivity, or issues with your overall health during your visit.
  • For repeat visits, tell the doctor of any change or unusual occurrence with your braces. Dr. Hummert will be able to observe the treatment progress and make any needed adjustments to keep the treatment on goal and on schedule.

Your orthodontist is your health care professional, just like your dentist or physician. They are here to help keep you healthy. Keeping your orthodontic appliances clean and clear of food debris and bad breath odors helps your orthodontist help you achieve the best possible treatment outcome in Union, NJ.

Dr. Hummert and the orthodontic professionals at Garden State Orthodontics in Union, NJ know that treatment outcomes depend a lot on the treatment conditions. A clean mouth clear of food debris is important for the health and longevity of your newly realigned teeth.


Dr. Christel Hummert of Garden State Orthodontics is a board-certified orthodontist. If you have any questions pertaining to braces, clear braces, Invisalign, or Invisalign Teen in Union, NJ, 07083 zip code area, Springfield, NJ, Maplewood, NJ, Summit, NJ, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Hummert, contact Garden State Orthodontics at: (973) 379-4471.