During your orthodontist consultation, you get to ask as many questions as you want to feel more comfortable about your treatment options. It’s always a good idea to come prepared with some questions so you can ask them now versus worrying about them after your visit.
If you don’t ask anything else, make sure you get the answers to the five most common questions patients ask at their consultations.
1. What Treatment Options Do I Qualify For?
This is probably the most common question to ask an orthodontist consultation. Depending on your specific needs, you may qualify for several different treatment options. Sadly, even if you’ve been dreaming of an invisible treatment with something like Invisalign, your alignment issues may be too severe and require traditional braces.
2. What Are The Pros/Cons Of Different Treatments?
Whether you’re presented with one or more treatment options, you need to know the pros and cons upfront. Everything from the length of the treatment to any side effects, like mouth pain, is good to know before you decide to proceed.
3. How Long Is My Treatment?
Everyone would love to just wear braces for a few months and be done, but that’s not how it works. Of course, you can’t go with just the general timelines of 18-24 months. During your orthodontist consultation, your orthodontist will first determine what your treatment options are and then how long your treatment plan may take.
The time will vary based on your treatment type and alignment issues. For very minor issues, you’ll typically wear braces for far less time than someone with severe problems.
4. Will There Be Other Changes?
Whether you’re wearing braces or aligners, your mouth will change as your teeth move. Ask your orthodontist what to expect and what happened with other patients. For instance, your speech and even the way you chew may very well change. Being prepared helps avoid surprises later on.
5. How Will My Routine Change?
Finally, ask how your daily routine will change. This includes knowing what you can and can’t eat, increases in brushing times and what sports you can play. Your daily routine will change at least some, but there’s no reason not to know what to expect before you start a treatment plan.
Now that you have your questions in place, contact us today to schedule your orthodontist consultation.