How to Be Ready for Your First Orthodontic Consultation

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Beginning a new orthodontic treatment might be stressing you out. This is especially true if you do not have any previous experience with braces. The idea of having a straight smile that is no longer misaligned or crooked sounds great, but you might still be nervous. No matter which treatment you are getting, there are ways that you can prepare for your first consultation.

Prepare a list of questions for the orthodontist

There are several questions a person can ask an orthodontist. These can provide insight into what will happen during the treatment and how the person can ensure it progresses at the right speed. Preparing these questions before the consultation can ease a person’s anxiety and let them prepare for what comes next.

How long does the treatment last?

The length of the treatment time will depend on several factors. The orthodontic treatment chosen and the patient’s mouth both come into play. The patient’s compliance with the orthodontist’s instructions can also affect treatment time. People with mild dental issues may only need to wear braces for 18 months. Some people may wear them for years. Although an orthodontist cannot provide an exact date for completion, they may give an estimated timeline.

How frequent are dental appointments during treatment?

A patient will need to see an orthodontist on a regular basis but may see the dentist less frequently. The patient should still keep all regular dental appointments, though. The dentist can provide the patient with instructions on how to brush while wearing braces or other devices. This can help prevent cavities and tooth decay from forming during treatment.

How frequent are orthodontic appointments?

Sometimes, an orthodontist will need to see a person every two weeks. For other patients, they will only need to come in once a month. It depends on the treatment that is chosen and how often the appliance needs new wires. The orthodontist can give more details based on the chosen plan. This allows patients to schedule these appointments ahead of time.

What foods and drinks are acceptable?

The orthodontist will give the patient a list of foods that are fine to eat during the treatment period. The patient should follow this list carefully to avoid any serious problems. Knowing what to eat and what to avoid can help a patient prepare for life with braces or Invisalign.

What will the treatment include?

Knowing what the treatment includes can help a patient mentally prepare for the upcoming orthodontic plan. First, the patient and orthodontist will settle on a course of action. Then the orthodontist can help the person understand what to expect and how to achieve the proper results.

Sometimes, the treatment plan will need more patient involvement. Rubber bands, headgear, expandable bridges and retainers all need patient compliance to function. Knowing what the orthodontist expects of them can help patients prepare for the road ahead.

Do not be shy with the orthodontist

When you are preparing for your first orthodontic consultation, it can be important that you are not shy when asking questions. There are things you will want to know and having the answers will better prepare you for teeth straightening treatment. If you have any questions at all, make sure to talk to the orthodontist. They can generally provide you with answers or estimates.

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