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Here Are Some Great Questions for Your First Orthodontic Appointment

July 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — canfieldbraces @ 10:04 pm
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Orthodontic treatment can be an intensive and time-consuming process, though it is still a worthwhile one. If you think you or your child might need braces, you’ll want to know you’re in the best hands possible. You should make sure to be informed about the nature of the procedures involved, what to expect while wearing braces, and the doctor performing the course of treatment. Here are some great questions to keep in mind during your first orthodontic appointment.

What Kind of Background Do You Have in Orthodontics?

Having braces is a long-term investment, so you’ll want to know about your orthodontist’s qualifications for your own peace of mind. You should ask about their education, their residency, and how long they’ve been practicing. Many orthodontists also list their credentials like training, education, and experience on their websites.

What Are My Treatment Options?

Different orthodontics providers have different options available to their patients. They might offer traditional braces, Invisalign, or both. One method or the other could be a better course of treatment for an individual patient. Braces are used for complex cases while Invisalign can address more mild issues. It is important to ask the orthodontist which option would be most effective for you.

You will also want to ask if your provider can show you some case studies. This can help you know what to expect based on your situation and the doctor’s procedures.

What Will My Treatment Be Like?

You’ll want to have some knowledge of the road ahead. Knowing more about some of the associated lifestyle, dietary, and general changes for orthodontic treatment can help instill the confidence you need to commit to treatment. Some good questions here are:

  • How long will my treatment take?
  • What lifestyle changes will I have to make?
  • What kind of dietary restrictions come with the treatment?
  • What will I have to do to maintain my orthodontic appliance?
  • How frequently will I have to come in for appointments?
  • Will I need headgear?

What Will the Procedure Cost Me?

Is the program all-inclusive, and if not, what other charges could I incur? Would I have to pay for co-pays, regular visits, emergency visits, repairs, or retainers? You might want to ask about financing options. If you intend to use insurance, you should ask what is included in the doctor’s network and about the procedure for getting the claim approved.

Orthodontic treatment can have a lifetime of benefits, but the process does involve some stress. By being informed ahead of time, you stand to do your part as best as you can during treatment to achieve the best possible result. Being prepared will set you on the road to success and a beautifully realigned smile.

About the Author

Dr. Marissa Mikolich earned her doctorate from The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine before earning her Master of Science in oral biology at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Her office specializes in Invisalign and metal and ceramic braces. If you have any questions about starting an orthodontic treatment, contact her online or by phone at (330) 967-4110.

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