Although having perfectly straight teeth is not necessary for oral health, dentists often recommend teeth straightening and alignment to correct other issues caused by misaligned or crooked teeth. Signs like painful jaw, protrusion or overlapping of teeth, over- or underbite, and trouble with brushing are indications of teeth misalignment and may require orthodontic treatment for proper oral health.
Questions to ask your orthodontist
If you are considering a visit to the orthodontist for a teeth straightening consultation, here are questions you should ask.
What are my treatment options?
There are multiple effective options to choose from, depending on your preferences. Conventional metal braces or clear braces work for people all ages. If you are allergic to nickel or want something that is less conspicuous, you can choose Invisalign. Invisalign retainers are practically invisible and usually the common option for adults because they are easier to clean and remove.
Will it hurt?
Orthodontic treatment is usually painless. Discomfort sometimes arises when braces brush the inside of the mouth. Since Invisalign has no brackets or wires, it may be a better alternative for some people.
How much does orthodontic treatment cost?
You should talk to the orthodontist to know the total cost of the treatment. The extent of your orthodontic needs will determine the cost of Invisalign or braces, the type of treatment and the duration of the treatment. Also, make inquiries about possible hidden charges and the prices of replacement parts. More importantly, let your orthodontist know about your budget or possible financing options.
How many times will I have to visit?
The severity of your condition and treatment preferences determine how long your treatment will last. Orthodontic treatment is usually a long-term commitment and may require 12 to 30 months of continuous treatment. After your consultation, the orthodontist should be able to tell you the number of visits or checkups you will need for perfect teeth straightening.
Do I need to reduce my diet or physical activity?
Ideally, you should limit the consumption of foods and drinks with high sugar content. You can still participate in certain sports, although you should wear a mouth guard for sporting events like soccer, football, wrestling and basketball.
How will it affect how I brush?
If you opt for metal or clear braces, you have to tilt the toothbrush bristles angularly to reach the tooth surface under the braces' wires. Brushing improperly can result in gum diseases, decalcification and tooth decay. It can also cause white spots on the enamel after removing the braces.
Will I require extractions?
Sometimes, extractions are important for the success of the treatment. Every patient is unique; while some may not require extraction, some may. You need to ask your doctor to know which would work for you.
What improvements should I expect?
At the end of the examination, after choosing your treatment option, the orthodontist should be able to tell you what improvements to expect.
You may have additional questions to ask depending on your condition, but this list should prepare you for your consultation and give you important information before commencing the orthodontic treatment.
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