October 13, 2023

What Should I Ask at My First Orthodontic Appointment?

Teen has braces

If you are interested in orthodontic correction for yourself or your child, it’s important to be informed about your care provider and the course of treatment that lies ahead. Your first appointment with your orthodontist is crucial because it gives you the opportunity to learn about your provider’s background while asking any questions you might have about the process. Here are a few great questions to ask when you first see your orthodontist.

What Kind of Background in Orthodontics Do You Have?

Your orthodontist is going to be performing extensive work on your smile, so you’ll want to know that they are someone you can trust. You should ask questions about their education like where they went to dental school, where they completed their orthodontic residency, and how long they have been practicing. You’re going to be seeing a lot of your orthodontist during the months or years that make up your treatment, so you’ll want to know that they’re someone you can be comfortable with.

What Treatment Options Does Your Office Offer and Which Do You Recommend?

Different orthodontic offices specialize in different treatments. You’ll want to ask what is available and which treatment your orthodontist recommends. A few common options include traditional braces, Invisalign, and ClearCorrect, and which option is best for you depends on your situation. A licensed orthodontist will be able to give you a qualified opinion and details as to what you can expect during treatment.

What Will the Course of Treatment Be Like?

Going through an orthodontic treatment will certainly bring some changes to your day-to-day life. You’ll want to ask if your diet will need to change, how long your treatment will last, and what kind of hygiene your treatment will require. You should also ask what living with braces or clear aligners means for speaking and chewing and what kind of discomfort you should expect during the process.

Orthodontic treatments are a great step towards better oral health. Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to clean and safer from damage. While life with braces or clear aligners may be challenging at times, the treatment leads to great rewards that will benefit you for the rest of your life.

About the Author

Dr. Hube Parker graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry in 1993 and has served as a dentist for the community of Mobile, AL for more than 25 years. He proudly serves as a member of the American Dental Association, the Alabama Dental Association, the Mississippi Dental Association, and the Academy of Sports Dentistry. His office in Mobile offers preventive, restorative, cosmetic, and emergency dentistry in addition to orthodontic treatments. To schedule an orthodontic consultation, contact the office online or dial (251) 634-2341.

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