Before the first orthodontics appointment, there are some things patients can do to get ready that will help during the initial consultation.
Reseach Your Orthodontic Options
One of the most important things patients can do before their first appointment with the orthodontist is to learn about what orthodontics is, and how it will help them.
If patients enter the appointment with a basic understanding of the problems they're dealing with, and the orthodontics options available to them, it will make the consultation process easier.
Technology is advancing every day, and the orthodontics world is no different.
Orthodontic treatment is more sophisticated than ever, and the options are seemingly endless. Patients, and the parents of younger patients, can help the process along by researching and understanding their options and coming prepared to ask questions.
The main goals of your first consultation will be to learn about the malocclusion that has brought you into the orthodontist's office, go over treatment plans, and give you an opportunity to ask questions.
In order to really understand the orthodontic treatment you are embarking upon, you should be prepared to ask the following questions at your first consultation.
What type of treatment is best for my malocclusion?
Patients can ask what type of braces options the orthodontist recommends, and why that type will be the best for their malocclusion. Additionally, patients can ask to see photos of patients who have had similar malocclusions and treatment, to see the results.
How long will my orthodontic treatment take?
How long braces will be on is always a common question for many patients. However, most of the orthodontists stress that treatment times vary depending on each individual patient. Every patient's teeth move at a different pace, so orthodontists usually offer a range of treatment time. Some patients may wear their braces for a shorter time, while others may need them for a longer time.
How much will my orthodontic treatment cost?
The cost of orthodontic treatment is also a topic that patients should be prepared to discuss at their initial consultation. We recommend that patients never agree to treatment until they know and understand all costs that will be associated with their care. Patients should ask about insurance options and payment plans, as well as any other payment options available to them.
What happens during the orthodontic treatment process?
Patients, especially younger patients, also like to know about the braces process before having them put on. One of the most common questions is whether the braces will hurt. At the initial consultation, the orthodontist can explain any discomfort that may occur during the process and help the patient understand what they can do to minimize pain.
What are the different parts of the orthodontic process?
One thing some patients forget is that just because you get your braces off, that doesn't necessarily mean the orthodontics process is over. In some cases, including severe overbites, extra appliances may be needed to correct the issue. This can occur either before or after the braces process. Most patients will wear a retainer for some amount of time after their braces are removed.
How can I clean and take care of my teeth and orthodontic appliances during treatment?
Another important thing to understand is proper oral health care while wearing braces. Patients should be sure they understand how to properly clean their appliances, and be aware of foods and drinks they should avoid while wearing their braces.
How often should I visit the orthodontist during treatment?
Finally, it is important to understand how often you'll need to visit the orthodontist during the treatment phase, and how appointments are handled by the office.
With a little bit of understanding prior to your first consultation, you can come in prepared to ask questions. This will allow you to get comfortable with the process and be more confident during your treatment. Your initial consultation should allow you to relax and trust that you've made the right decision in your orthodontic care.