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The Secret To Reducing Your Waiting Time

Updated: Nov 23, 2023

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 throughout the school term. At Fine Orthodontics, we’re more than happy to accommodate this at before or school times as often as possible.

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.

We have designed our appointment schedule to help us to run on time, and ensure that most shorter appointments can be offered at the most popular times.

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!


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Specialist Orthodontist Input by Dr Martin Fine BDS, MSc, MSc

Dr Martin Fine

Dr Martin Fine

Specialist Orthodontist Dr Martin Fine, BDS, MSc (Orthodontics), is based in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs. With over 30 years' experience in private practice, Dr Fine has expertise working with a wide variety of orthodontic appliances, including braces and Invisalign. He has presented at orthodontic conferences globally, and has taught postgraduate orthodontic students at the University of Sydney. Dr Fine is a member of both the AAO (American Association of Orthodontists) and the ASO (Australian Society of Orthodontists), and is a former president of the Alpha-Omega Dental Society's Sydney Chapter.  In the past, Dr Fine's research has been featured in the Angle Orthodontist journal. Dr Fine is committed to providing outstanding patient care using the latest and most effective techniques. Most recently, Dr Fine has developed and introduced the innovative FineLine clear aligner system, which has been specifically developed to meet the needs of patients at Fine Orthodontics.

Written by Danielle Long

Danielle Long

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Danielle Long has been assisting in the creation of beautiful smiles at Fine Orthodontics for over 15 years. Holding graduate qualifications in English and Education (BA/BEd UNSW), Dani brings a unique blend of knowledge to her role. She has worked in many different areas of the practice, having served as both Clinical Assistant and Treatment Coordinator over the years. Continually fascinated by the art and science behind orthodontics, Dani is always keen to share her knowledge in order to enhance patient understanding and experience. Dani focuses on facilitating exceptional patient communication and delivering in-depth orthodontic treatment information. She strives to ensure that every individual embarking on their orthodontic journey with Fine Orthodontics feels informed and supported.

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