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Important Questions to Ask at Your First Orthodontist Appointment

Posted on December 3, 2021

Orthodontic treatment for you or your child has many benefits. It is to be expected that you will have many questions about orthodontics and how the various treatments work. At your first appointment, you will have the opportunity to discuss what treatments are available, how long they last, and which options would be the most effective for you.

What Treatments Are Available?

There are many different types of teeth-straightening treatments available, including traditional metal braces, clear braces, or Invisalign. Which alternative will be better for you? Your orthodontist will need to examine your teeth and gums to determine your specific orthodontic needs. Then you can compare treatments to find one that you prefer.

Which Treatment Is Effective for You?

Several factors will indicate which treatment will be the most effective for you, such as your unique bite pattern, crowding, number of adult teeth, etc. Depending on your circumstances you may be eligible to use invisible alignment trays, ceramic braces, or you may need metal braces. It all boils down to how complex your case is.

Are Braces Painful?

Initially, there is temporary discomfort or soreness when an appliance is applied or tightened. Rest easy knowing this will be resolved quickly. Your orthodontist will let you know exactly what you can expect from treatment during your first appointment.

Do Treatments Last Long?

Most people want to know how long they will be wearing braces. The answer is that treatment times are different for every person and are based on the extent of their orthodontic needs, as well as the type of treatment chosen. Typically, treatment lasts one to two years. Your orthodontist will be able to give you a better idea of how long your treatment will last based on your individual case.

Will You See Your Orthodontist Often?

Treatment plans call for you to see your orthodontist every few weeks. The frequency of visits does depend on your particular case and chosen treatment option. It is important to keep your appointments so that your progress can be tracked, your teeth can be monitored, and you can complete treatment on time.

What Are the Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment?

Orthodontic care does more than just straighten teeth. It also offers cosmetic benefits that boost self-confidence. Straight teeth are also much easier to keep clean giving you a better chance at strong oral hygiene. Most importantly, improving your oral health helps you to avoid gum disease and other negative long-term health effects.

Is a Dentist an Orthodontist?

To clear up any confusion, it is important to note that orthodontists are, in fact, trained dentists. However, not every dentist is an orthodontist; only 5% are licensed orthodontists. Central Florida Orthodontics offers top-notch orthodontics from a skilled orthodontist ready to answer your questions and straighten your teeth beautifully. Schedule your first appointment with us today!