5 Questions to Ask Your Orthodontist

5 Questions to Ask Your Orthodontist

Posted on August 3, 2023

If you’re dealing with misaligned teeth or unsightly gaps, it may be time to see your local orthodontist. Orthodontics is the dental specialty that handles the proper alignment of teeth and jaws. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, teeth move in response to pressure over time, which is why people get braces. If you think you may need braces or other orthodontic care, here are some questions you should ask your professional orthodontist.

1. What Options Do You Provide?

There are many types of orthodontic treatments available. Some specialists focus on traditional braces, while others specialize in Invisalign aligners. However, do not assume that every orthodontist has all these services available. Make sure you consult your orthodontist’s website or ask ahead of time.

2. How Long Will Treatment Last?

There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to orthodontic treatment time. If you have severe alignment issues, you may need traditional braces, which can take up to two years to complete treatment. According to Invisalign, many Invisalign patients begin to see results in as little as three to six months.

3. Do You Use the Latest Orthodontic Technology?

The world of orthodontics has greatly advanced over the years. Professionals may use 3D scanning or 3D X-rays for faster diagnosis and prosthetic production. Some also use smart technology.

4. Will I Need Special Tools or Methods for Dental Hygiene?

The type of tools and methods you’ll need for dental hygiene depend on the type of braces you get. An interdental toothbrush allows you to properly clean through the wires on metal braces. You can remove Invisalign aligners to brush and floss your teeth as normal, but you must remember to clean the aligners separately with soap and water, or the special Invisalign cleaning kit.

5. Am I the Right Age for Orthodontic Treatment?

There was a time when braces were only associated with teens, but those days are over. Today, at least 25% of orthodontic patients are adults, and that number continues to grow according to BioMed Central. So if you missed your chance to have braces as a teen, a visit to your local orthodontist as an adult can be a start to fix that problem.

These are a few common questions you may have for your local orthodontist. Of course, feel free to ask more. Visit Vibrant Orthodontics today so we can get started on creating a perfect smile for you.

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