Children and adults alike benefit from having straight teeth and a pleasing smile. But there are many things to consider when thinking about orthodontics and the teeth straightening procedure.
First and foremost, do your homework to find the correct orthodontist for you. Your dentist may refer you or friends or family may make a recommendation. Since the teeth straightening process can take years, a comfortable relationship between the patient and dental provider is important.
Make sure the orthodontist you select is qualified … you do not want to be the “first’ patient treated by this dental provider.
Make sure everything is explicitly spelled out in the treatment plan prepared for your orthodontic care. Items like needed teeth extractions, anticipated length of treatment, total cost, and exactly what you can expect at the conclusion of treatment are very legitimate questions that deserve accurate answers.
Be prepared to follow instructions to the letter for the best result. If a night brace is indicated, wear it. If rubber bands are advised, keep them in.
Find out if your selected orthodontist has emergency hours. What should you do if a wire breaks on a Saturday afternoon and it is rubbing a hole in your cheek? Or a bracket becomes loose creating discomfort. Is there someone available to take care of issues you consider an emergency?
Will my insurance cover any or all of my treatment?
What happens to me if mid-treatment I must relocate and can’t complete orthodontic treatment with the provider I started with?
What are my options at the conclusion of treatment if I am dissatisfied with the result? This is why an honest assessment of progress is so critical, and it should be documented in the patient’s chart.
Thankfully, most patients are delighted with their smile at the conclusion of treatment. Perfectly straight teeth may seem difficult to attain, but correcting a malocclusion will aid in the ability to keep teeth and gums healthy. And your smile makeover will give you the confidence to smile happily for a lifetime.
For additional information and to schedule your detailed consultation, contact Bunn Orthodontic Group at 210-921-9191 today.