We all know that sitting in an orthodontist’s waiting room is nobody’s idea of fun. You might be anxious about the appointment, rushing off to a meeting or hoping to get your little one to school on time. Whatever it may be, the good news is that there are ways to reduce your waiting time for your orthodontic appointments.

Here are 5 tips to help make your next appointment a far smoother process.

Before Your Appointment

When you book your appointment, give the office staff everything they need to prepare. This includes your patient history if you are new to the practice. By doing this, the office staff can have your records ready and waiting when you arrive.

You can even complete and send in any necessary forms ahead of your appointment to prevent delays when you check-in.

Arriving for Your Appointment

When you arrive for your appointment, you can check in using the handy computer service or chat to a receptionist to let them know you’ve arrived. Dr. Fine will then know you’re ready and this can reduce your waiting time.

Appointments with Kids

Often, your children will need appointments before or after school. At Fine Orthodontics, we’re more than happy to accommodate this need.

Early morning and late afternoon slots are reserved for shorter orthodontic visits, like adjustments and check-ups. If you or your child need braces fitting or removing, a complex adjustment or simply a thorough consultation, these can be scheduled for during the day.

If you require a medical certificate for school or work, let us know ahead of time and we’ll have it waiting for you in an attempt to reduce your waiting time further.

Arriving Late

Should you run late for your appointment, but still make it within your scheduled slot, report directly to reception upon arrival. At times, you may still be able to fit in your appointment and at others, you may have to reschedule.

When You Need to Cancel

If you need to cancel your appointment, let the practice know as soon as possible. Not only will early confirmation help us reschedule at a date and time you need, but it will also help reduce overall waiting time at the practice.

Help Reduce Waiting Room Waiting Time

With a little pre-appointment preparation and overall consideration, you can greatly reduce how much time you spend in the waiting room!


If you’re ready to book an appointment at Fine Orthodontics, get in touch right away!