5 Questions to Ask Your Orthodontist

Posted on August 8, 2022

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, approximately 50-75% of Americans could benefit from orthodontic treatment. Whether your child is starting to show signs of needing braces or you’re interested in getting them yourself, it’s important to choose an orthodontist that you feel comfortable with. Here are five questions to ask when considering an orthodontist.

1. What Orthodontic Treatment Options Do You Offer?

The first question you should ask your orthodontist is what types of treatment options they offer. There are a variety of different treatments available. Some of the most common include:

Braces: Traditional braces are the most common type of orthodontic treatment. They are also the most affordable option. Braces are made up of metal brackets that are glued to your teeth, and a wire that runs through the brackets. The wire is tightened periodically to gradually move your teeth into place.

Invisalign: Invisalign is a newer type of orthodontic treatment that uses clear plastic aligners instead of metal brackets and wires. The aligners are virtually invisible, and they can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing.

Damon Braces: Damon braces are similar to traditional braces, but they use a self-ligating system that doesn’t require elastics. This can reduce the treatment time and make the braces more comfortable to wear.

2. How Much Does Orthodontic Treatment Cost?

The cost of orthodontic treatment will vary depending on the type of treatment you choose, the severity of your case, and the length of time you need to wear braces or aligners. It’s important to ask your orthodontist for a detailed estimate of the costs before beginning treatment.

3. How Long Will I Need to Wear Braces or Aligners?

The length of time you need to wear braces or aligners will also vary depending on the severity of your case. In general, most people will need to wear braces for one to two years. However, some people may need to wear them for a shorter or longer period of time.

4. How Many Office Visits Will I Need?

You will need to visit your orthodontist for periodic check-ups and adjustments. The frequency of these visits will depend on the type of treatment you’re receiving. For example, people who are wearing braces will need to visit their orthodontist every four to eight weeks.

5. Do You Accept My Insurance?

Orthodontic treatment is often covered by dental insurance. However, coverage can vary depending on your individual plan. Be sure to ask your orthodontist if they accept your insurance before beginning treatment.

Asking your orthodontist these questions will help you choose the right treatment for your needs and ensure that you have a positive experience with orthodontic care. Looking for an experienced orthodontist to help you achieve your perfect smile? Contact our office today to schedule a consultation. We’ll be happy to answer any of your questions and help you find the right treatment for you.

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