Before the first appointment with an orthodontist, there are some things patients can do to get ready that will help things go more smoothly during the initial consultation.
Do Your Research
One of the most important things a patient can do before his or her first appointment with the orthodontist is to read up on orthodontics, and how it can treat various malocclusions.
If patients start the appointment with a basic understanding of orthodontics, the problems they're dealing with, and the orthodontics options available, it will help make the consultation process easier to understand.
Orthodontic technology is advancing every day.
Orthodontic treatments are more sophisticated than ever before, and the options seem almost endless. Patients, and parents of young patients, can help the treatment process get off to a good start by researching and understanding their options and coming prepared to ask questions.
In order to fully understand the orthodontic treatment you are embarking upon, be prepared to ask the following questions at your first consultation.
How will my malocclusion be treated?
Patients should ask about which braces option the orthodontist recommends, and why that option will be best suited their malocclusion. In addition, patients can ask to see before and after photos of patients who have had similar malocclusions and treatments, to see the final results.
How long does orthodontic treatment take?
The duration of orthodontic treatment is a common concern for many patients. Treatment times vary depending on each individual patient, so there only an approximate time frame can be suggested at the outset of treatment. Every patient's teeth move at a different pace, and a lot depends on the care the patient takes of his or her orthodontic appliances.
How much will my orthodontic treatment cost?
The cost of orthodontic treatment is also an important subject that patients should be prepared to discuss at their initial consultation. We suggest that patients never agree to a treatment plan until they fully understand all costs that will be associated with their care. Patients should ask about insurance options and payment plans, to learn what payment options are available.
What happens during the orthodontic treatment process?
Patients, especially the young ones, like to know about the what braces process entails before starting treatment. Many patients are concerned that the braces will hurt. At the initial consultation, the orthodontist can explain when and why discomfort may occur during the process, and also how to reduce it.
What are the different parts of the orthodontic process?
Patients sometimes forget that just because you get your braces removed doesn't necessarily mean the orthodontics process is complete. In some cases, such as severe overbites, additional appliances may be necessary to correct the issue. This can occur either before or after the braces process. The majority of patients will wear a retainer for some time after their braces are removed.
How can I clean and take care of my teeth and orthodontic appliances during treatment?
Proper oral health care while wearing braces is absolutely essential to the success of orthodontic treatment. Patients should ask the orthodontist how to properly clean their appliances, and they should be aware of which foods and drinks to avoid consuming while wearing braces.
How often should I visit the orthodontist's office during treatment?
Finally, patients should discuss an appointment schedule for how often they'll need to visit the orthodontist during the treatment phase, what will happen during the appointments, and how they are handled by the office.
With a little bit of effort that the outset, you can come in to your appointment prepared to ask pertinent questions. This will help you feel more comfortable with the treatment process as a whole. After your initial consultation, you should be able to relax and feel confident that you've made the right decision in your orthodontic care.