Moving While Getting Braces

Moving can be a hard enough experience as is. But if you’re getting braces while you move, you now have the added problem of switching orthodontists.

Unfortunately, it is not going to be an easy task. But with the proper planning and foresight you can minimize the problems and hopefully be able to keep your treatment plan going on.

The first thing you’ll need to do is find an orthodontist in the area that you’re moving to. Not all orthodontist are always accepting new patients. And sometimes the ones that are might not take your current insurance savings plan. So that should be one of the criteria used for selecting orthodontists. If you have a good insurance plan, you might able to check the recommended providers in your area.

Once you have found a new orthodontist you will need to fill out all their new patient paperwork, and it is time to give them as much information as possible about your old braces and orthodontic treatment plan.

Luckily the American Association of Orthodontists has foreseen this problem and has created a form they can help you. It is called the “Patient Transfer Form – Active Treatment” and you get your previous orthodontist to fill it out. With information he or she provides, your new orthodontist will be able to continue your treatment plan.

Hopefully your new doctor is going to follow the same treatment plan. While it may not have been with what they would have prescribed, in some cases it is easier just to continue the current course of action than just to start over.

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