During your orthodontic consultation, your orthodontist will discuss your treatment plan, the duration, and associated costs before it begins. It’s important that you take the opportunity to get clarifications about any issues you may have concerning your diagnosis and treatment plan before the next step.
Here are some common questions you can ask your orthodontist:
1. Are there alternatives to metal braces?
There are many different appliances used to straighten teeth, most of which are designed to minimize their appearance. Modern appliances are smaller and sleeker, and some are virtually invisible, like clear aligners. Your orthodontist will advise you on the best options for your specific needs.
2. Can I be intimate with my partner?
You should be able to do almost anything during your orthodontic treatment, including dining out, playing musical instruments, singing, and kissing. Your orthodontist will advise you on the necessary changes to your lifestyle, such as diet choices, but most adults are able to adjust perfectly.
3. How often are the appointments?
During active treatment, you will need to visit your orthodontist every 4 to 8 weeks. After treatment, when you start wearing retainers, you will need to schedule appointments every 3 to 6 months. The appointments are usually flexible to ensure convenience while checking the smooth progress of your treatment for optimal results.
4. Can I have multiple dental procedures simultaneously?
Your orthodontist will work with your periodontist or general dentist to improve the health of your gums and prepare you for orthodontic treatment. If you have already been treated for periodontal disease, and are eligible for orthodontic treatment, then you can proceed with regular supervision from your periodontist. If you have gaps in your smile, orthodontic treatment can hold or create space to replace missing teeth afterwards. Your orthodontist will also work with your general dentist or specialist to install dentures, implants, or bridgework to give you the best result.
Lastly, does the treatment fit your budget?
The cost of orthodontic treatment depends on several factors, including the severity of your problem; its complexity; and duration of treatment. With better materials and techniques, orthodontic treatment is more affordable today than ever. Plust most orthodontists offer a range of convenient payment plans, and your dental insurance plan may also cover orthodontic benefits.