The American Dental Association reports that 70 percent of braces are for female patients – between the ages of 12 and 25 – and mainly for aesthetics purposes. But adults are also choosing orthodontics more often, and many are choosing invasive procedures such as bridges, implants and crowns to get results faster. Today we’re outlining the questions you should ask your orthodontist at your consultation for braces.
For patients who want to improve the appearance of their teeth, it’s important to consult with a professional orthodontist to discuss the various options of braces for straighter teeth that will work to have an improved bite.
During the initial consultation for braces, it’s important to ask a few common questions to learn what to expect and how to prepare for the treatment.
How long does the treatment take?
Each patient is different when it comes to how long braces will need to remain on the teeth to correct various problems with cosmetics and function. Ask what the estimated timeframe is, which can also help determine the overall cost.
How much discomfort will I experience?
Although there is not a lot of pain involved, you can still expect some discomfort, depending on how much the teeth are expected to shift and how the braces rub against the inside of the mouth. During your initial consultation for braces, ask your orthodontist what might be the most painful part of the procedure and what can be done to alleviate any pain afterward.
What foods will I need to avoid?
Certain foods are difficult to consume, because they either get stuck in the wires or break the metal due to the texture of the item. Ask the orthodontist specifically what foods should be avoided other than the obvious ones such as hard candy, soda and chewing gum.
How do I brush my teeth with braces?
For new patients, it can be challenging to learn how to brush teeth with wire blocking the teeth. During your consultation for braces, it’s crucial to ask how to brush and floss to ensure that all food particles are removed and teeth remain healthy.
Will I need to wear headgear?
A large number of people also need headgear, which works to correct an over or under bite. Patients can expect to wear the headgear for 12 to 14 hours a day to determine if the tool will be needed in the future.
When will adjustments need to be made to my braces?
Your orthodontist will need to make adjustments and inspect the progress of the treatment to ensure that the teeth are moving correctly. Ask how frequently you’ll need to visit the office and how long each appointment will take.
How much will the procedure cost?
The price of the cosmetic dental treatment often depends on the individual, so it’s important to ask about the cost and discuss how it will be paid for. Many people on a budget choose monthly payment plans to make their braces easier to afford.
Will my speech change once the braces have been installed?
Many people are nervous that their speech will change and that it will be difficult to talk. At your consultation for braces, your orthodontist will provide tips and information regarding how to prevent talking differently or how long it will take to adjust to the change.
These are the main topics you will need to discuss at your initial consultation for braces. Ready to get started? Call our office today to schedule an appointment and let’s get started on getting you the smile of your dreams!