Questions to ask your orthodontist

It can be challenging to know what you need to do when you need orthodontic treatment. Many people have a lot of unanswered questions regarding their oral health. The good news is, that you don’t have to remain in the dark, if you want answers to your questions, you can ask your orthodontist.

What questions should I ask my orthodontist?

Below are some great questions you can ask your orthodontist in Allen or McKinney, Texas.

What is the cost of orthodontic treatment?

Getting orthodontic treatment is a very big decision. You need to ask your orthodontist the cost of each procedure to determine if you can afford it. The cost of braces depends greatly on the orthodontist and your location. Another thing you can discuss with your orthodontist is payment plans. If you can’t pay at once, a payment plan will be created for you.

What is the nature of your orthodontic issues and treatment plan?

When you visit your orthodontist, it’s a great idea for you to ask about the nature of your orthodontic issues and the best way to treat it. Your orthodontist will check your teeth to see if you have any orthodontic problems. If you have an overbite, it can be treated with a metal wire bonded to the front of each tooth and brackets added. This wire is used by the orthodontist as an “anchor” for soft rubber bands known as elastics, which gently pull the upper jaw back into position so that it is aligned with the lower jaw. Even if a patient only requires one therapy, like Invisalign® or traditional braces, some orthodontists use a combination of orthodontic treatments.

How long will my treatment last?

If you’re curious about how long your treatment will take, it’s a good idea to ask your orthodontist. Your orthodontist will provide a time estimate. You’ll get to know how long you’ll wear your braces or Invisalign.

How you would feel while receiving orthodontic treatment?

It’s important to ask your orthodontist how you would feel while receiving orthodontic treatment because you may need to make some lifestyle changes. Eating meals and brushing teeth are almost the same as before orthodontic treatment. Orthodontics can significantly improve your oral health because it addresses issues like malocclusion that cause other dental problems. For example, treatment often helps reduce tooth density associated with gum disease, cavities, and cavities. Many people discover their teeth and gums healthier after their orthodontic issues are resolved.

Will you need post-treatment?

Your orthodontist will advise you on the type of post-treatment care you need. For example, if braces are used for treatment, your orthodontist may advise you to wear retainers to hold your teeth in place. 

How often do you have to go to the office? 

Occasionally you will have to come to the office to report on corrections and completed work. The frequency of visits depends on your treatment plan. Appointments should be made every 4 to 8 weeks.

What are the advantages of braces?

Dentists recommend braces to their patients for several reasons.  One of the most common reasons is aesthetics. Straight teeth increase self-confidence and self-esteem. Braces can do more for your overall health than simply beautify your smile.  Straight teeth are easier to clean and floss, helping to improve gum and dental health. If you have uneven teeth, you may be chewing food incorrectly. Swallowing foods that are too large can interfere with digestion. When they are straightened, you can eat properly and relieve digestive discomfort. Dental issues such as overbite can cause damage to the gums. This damage can cause tooth breakage, jaw deformity, or tooth loss.

What are the types of braces available? 

There are many different types of braces available. You and your orthodontist collaborate to choose the shape that is right for you. Metal braces are the most common type of braces available. Advances in technology allow you to use less prominent and smaller brackets than you can imagine. Metal-type braces are the most prominent of all braces, but in many cases, they are also the least expensive. Metal braces are the best choice for people with complex dental problems. Invisalign is another popular option for teenagers and adults. Because it does not use staples or wires, it is much more convenient than traditional staples. A new orthodontic appliance is needed every few weeks to continue treatment. However,  Invisalign is not for everyone. You must wear braces for at least 22 hours a day. Before moving on to Invisalign, problems such as cavities or gum disease must be addressed.

How long does it take for braces to work?

 Many factors play a role in determining the length of treatment required. Treatment times vary from person to person as each patient and dental goal are different.  Patients who only want a simple solution need only one year of treatment. More difficult cases with occlusal correction can last much longer, about 24 to 30 months.  Do not choose braces because of the time it takes to reach dental goals. Anyway, time will pass, but it’s worth a beautiful smile. 

What is the average cost of braces in Texas?

The cost of braces varies from state to state, so the price of it in Texas may differ from what you get anywhere else. This is because several provincial factors can affect the cost of orthodontic services. According to the American Dental Association, the average cost of adult braces nationwide is $4,800 to $7,135. Despite having a diverse city, geography, and demographic, Texas consistently offers a reasonable and affordable price for braces. In Texas, the average price of braces is from $4,000 to $6,000. 

Can I negotiate the price with my orthodontist?

It is very possible to negotiate with your orthodontist. When you negotiate with your orthodontist, you may be given discounts. Aside from discounts, a payment plan might be created for you. 

If you have any questions regarding orthodontic treatments, Dr. Ghosh and Dr. Lofgren have the answers you need to make a decision regarding which type of orthodontic treatment is right for you. Schedule a free consultation online at our McKinney or Allen, Texas, office!