Getting treatment (braces) from an orthodontist is a commitment that will most likely take a long time and require many dental appointments. The more you know about what to expect from the beginning, the better your journey to a perfectly straight smile will be.
Here are six important questions you should ask your orthodontist before you start your treatment:
#1 - What type of braces will I get?
There are three types of braces:
- Metal - These are the traditional kind and are made out of stainless steel. They feature brackets that are bonded to each tooth and connected with a thin wire, which is adjusted with each visit in order to shift and align your teeth
- Ceramic - These are made out of a translucent material and tend to have more of a cosmetic appeal in young adults and they function just like traditional-metal braces
- Invisalign - These are a clear-fitted tray and are typically used on patients with mild orthodontic problems
Each patient is unique and you’ll want to discuss with your orthodontist which type of braces will work best for your individual situation.
#2 - How long will treatment take?
There are several variables that will determine how long a patient will need to wear their braces:
- The type of braces
- The severity of the needed correction
- The compliancy of the patient's treatment
However, the typical time for treatment is between six to 18 months.
#3 - Will tooth extraction be necessary?
Some patients may need to have teeth extracted to make room for their new smile. It is not always common, but sometimes a necessary part of treatment. If tooth extraction is needed, ask your orthodontist for an explanation for the reason why, so that you understand why it is necessary.
#4 - Will I feel pain?
Technology has made the materials used for braces more comfortable in today's age, but the truth is that your teeth are moving, so there will be a level of discomfort. With each visit, braces get tightened, but any pain will subside within a few days.
#5 - Will I need a retainer?
It is a natural part of aging that our teeth tend to shift, so in most cases a permanent retainer will be necessary after braces. After all, you don’t want you newly straight teeth to shift out of position, right?
#6 - How much will it cost?
Make sure you discuss the total cost for treatment with your orthodontist. Before you start, you should know if they accept your insurance and get a breakdown of how much you will be paying (including the cost of a retainer after braces). Then you’ll know that there will be no billing surprises.
Making the decision to get braces can help you gain confidence in your smile and allow you to feel complete joy when you share it with the world. For more information on how braces can give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of, contact our office today!