Wearing dental braces can be life changing – especially after treatment is over. A smile once affected by orthodontic issues, such as crooked and overlapping teeth, can become visibly straighter after seeing an orthodontist for treatment. Having a straight smile will boost one’s self-esteem and improve one’s appearance. Moreover, straight, properly aligned teeth are easier to keep clean. If you are thinking about getting braces, here is a list of questions you might want to ask at your orthodontic consultation.
Ask About the Length of Treatment
After evaluating the positioning of your teeth and bite, our team can give an estimated treatment time. This will help you plan for receiving braces, especially if you need to save money for the cost of treatment.
Determine if You Need Preliminary Treatment
Do you have your wisdom teeth? Perhaps they need to be extracted before you receive dental braces. Our orthodontist will be able to help you determine the course of treatment and if any preliminary oral surgery is required to improve your smile.
Inquire About How Braces Will Affect Your Life
Since braces are permanently bonded over teeth, they will affect your daily life in some ways. For instance, orthodontia can change the way you perform basic oral hygiene—especially flossing. Dental floss will need to be threaded behind the wires that connect to the brackets over teeth. Some patients prefer to avoid certain foods to help make oral hygiene easier. If this is a concern for you, be sure to ask us about which foods you might want to avoid for convenience’s sake.
Ask About Follow-Up Appointments
While wearing braces, you will need to come back to our office for follow-up appointments. Your braces will need to be adjusted from time to time to facilitate tooth movement. Since this is a part of the treatment process, you might want to ask about the frequency of routine checkups so that you can adjust your schedule accordingly.
Contact Bunn Orthodontic Group today to schedule your consultation and discuss your options.