Questions are a normal (and necessary) part of your orthodontic treatment plan. If you’re concerned about something, it’s imperative to get the answers you need, so you can be sure you’re getting the best results possible. Orthodontists are there to ensure you’re getting the most out of your treatment, which is why they’re ready and willing to answer any questions at any time. Here are some of the most important questions to ask your orthodontist.
The Initial Visit
The initial visit is the time where you get the chance to learn a little more about the orthodontist and about orthodontic treatment. You will probably have the most questions at this visit as you familiarize yourself with treatment. Don’t worry…this is completely normal, so fire away! Questions you should ask at this visit include:
- What orthodontic problems do I have?
- How can we fix them?
- What are my treatment options?
- How long will treatment take?
- How much will treatment cost?
This is also a good time to ask questions regarding the orthodontist’s training and specialties, so you can be sure they are a good fit for you. For example, if you’re interested in Invisalign, it’s important to find an orthodontist who specializes in this form of treatment.
Once treatment has begun, follow-up visits are a must. At these appointments, your orthodontist will examine your smile and your treatment method to ensure you’re on the right track, making any tweaks to your treatment plan as needed. Types of questions you may want to ask here include:
- Anything that is concerning you about the treatment itself
- What foods to eat or avoid
- How your treatment is progressing
- Anything you could improve upon (oral hygiene, eating habits, etc.)
- Approximately how much longer treatment will last
Not only will asking questions keep an open relationship with your orthodontist, it will help you stay on the path to success with your treatment.
The Final Treatment Visit
This is an important visit, since this is where you will receive pertinent information about how to maintain your smile post-treatment. Your orthodontist will go over some instructions with you once your braces come off or your treatment with Invisalign has come to an end. Ask every question that comes to mind to ensure you’re understanding these instructions and are set up for success.
Topics you make want to ask questions about at this appointment include:
- Retainer wear and proper retainer cleaning instructions
- What to do if you lose your retainer
- How to maintain your oral hygiene post-treatment
- What to do if your teeth shift
Your orthodontist should always be happy to answer any questions because the more informed you are as a patient, the more successful your treatment will be. If you feel they aren’t receptive to your questions, you may want to consider finding a different orthodontist to work with. You are investing your time and hard-earned money in your smile, so ask the questions necessary to help you achieve the look you desire and maintain it properly.