10 Questions to Ask your Orthodontist
Do I really need treatment?
Going through the process of straightening your teeth is an investment of your time and lifestyle. Confirm that straightening your teeth will be a necessary and overall beneficial process before making any serious decisions. Getting your teeth straightened is an effective way of ensuring that your adult teeth are strong and healthy for as long as possible. When you have overcrowding, it can be hard to clean your teeth properly. Straightening your teeth will allow you to keep them attractive, clean and healthy for longer.
What are my treatment options?
Once you have established that straightening your teeth is necessary, you may want to explore your options before committing to just one. We can talk through your options in detail and ensure that the treatment is going to suit you. At Tony Weir Orthodontics, we have several straightening treatments- braces, Invisalign and Lingual Braces. Each option serves its purpose and has its benefits but will all result in a beautiful, straight smile. With a variety of options available, you have the freedom to choose what will work best for you. During a consultation, we provide professional advice for each option and come to a decision and plan together.
What will change when I get treatment? What changes will I need to make?
Straightening your teeth can be a lengthy process, and it can have some influence on your lifestyle. The treatment option that you choose will affect how much your day-to-day life will be changed. If you opt for braces, you may find that certain foods will have to be avoided and your cleaning routine, altered. Invisalign are the most flexible as you can remove them when it comes to eating, but it also means that you need to remember to put the aligner back on.
How long will I need orthodontic treatment for?
Every person is unique, so every case has a different timeline. Again, the treatment that you choose will affect how long the process will last. During your consultation, be sure to ask for a realistic timeline so you aren’t disappointed further down the track. You may also want to know how many appointments you’ll need to have throughout the process.
Will I experience any pain?
Your treatment process is bound to be uncomfortable at times, however, if you’re unsure, ask us what to expect. We can talk you through the entire process and the types of any discomfort you may experience.
How can I maintain dental hygiene?
Invisalign are convenient when it comes to maintaining dental hygiene as you can easily remove the aligner when you need to. However, when it comes to braces, you’ll need to consider the braces and wires and work around them. We can provide you with tools, tips and tricks to ensure that your mouth stays healthy throughout the treatment.
Can I see some examples? Previous, similar cases?
As with any other procedure, you should ask to see previous work, to assure yourself that you have come to the right place. Seeing other cases similar to you can also get you excited for the result!
How much will it cost?
Each case is different, so establishing the cost with your orthodontist will allow you to prepare financially. Once the treatment requirements have been established, we will be able to give you a detailed quote and work with you to develop a payment plan.
What will be involved? (bands/retainers etc.)
At your consultation, you should ask for details of what will be involved during the straightening process. Each case is unique, so don’t assume that you’ll have the same experience as your friend. You might require elastic bands or extra time, but whatever it is, we can provide you with information in the beginning and throughout the treatment.
Do I need to do anything after the treatment?
After getting teeth straight the process is not over – you need to keep them straight! Whilst it may seem far away, understanding the post-treatment process is important from the very beginning.
Contact our friendly staff today to book in a consultation to discuss your straightening options.