If you are considering getting braces or Invisalign, the first visit with your orthodontist is a vital step. You will need to have an exam and discuss all of your options for treatment.
To help you prepare before your appointment, consider what questions orthodontists recommend asking at your first visit to make the best decision for yourself.
Top 3 Questions to Ask During Your First Orthodontic Appointment
If you are looking for someone to help straighten your teeth, then it’s time to schedule a visit with an orthodontist. But before you go in for your first appointment, you must do some research and be prepared to ask these questions.
1. What Are My Different Care Options?
Your orthodontist will review your diagnosis and discuss the different treatment types that will work best for you. Braces or Invisalign are the most common treatments for crooked teeth and malocclusions. However, it all depends on your specific needs. You will need to talk to your doctor to decide which treatment is ideal for you.
2. How Long Will My Treatment Be?
Treatment with braces or Invisalign can vary drastically depending on your smile goals. Limited treatment can be a few weeks, while comprehensive care can take a year or two. Talk to your orthodontist about a realistic timeline for your treatment program. You should discuss how long each type of treatment would take, as well as any benefits or drawbacks for each choice (i.e., length or complexity of treatment, cost).
3. How Do I Care for My Braces or Invisalign?
Brush braces twice a day and after each meal as well as replace the rubber bands as needed. For Invisalign trays, scrub your aligners using Invisalign cleaning crystals at least once a week. To do this, begin by rinsing them with tepid water, and then place them inside their container with warm water. Add cleaner and soak for no less than 15 minutes. Be sure to ask your orthodontist if there are any additional care steps you should take at your first visit.
What Else You Need to Know for Your First Orthodontist Visit
There will be a lot of information to discuss with your orthodontist. You may feel overwhelmed by the entire process. That’s okay. Take a few minutes to consider what you want to ask before you have your first visit.
The choice of procedures, length of time they take, aftercare for orthodontic appliances, and the costs are all important questions to keep in mind. Your orthodontist can help with these answers. Find a CAO orthodontic member near you here: https://caortho.org/locations?zip=92374&d=5