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4 Questions People Ask When Searching for Orthodontic Treatment

November 4, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — whitedentist @ 2:46 pm
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Dental work of any kind is a big decision. From time, money, benefits, and possible risks, there is a lot to consider, especially when learning you might need braces. When contemplating the idea of orthodontic treatment, you might be wondering, “Should I get metal braces,” “Am I a good candidate for Invisalign,” “How much will it cost to straighten my smile?” To help you make a more well-informed decision, let an orthodontist in White Settlement share 4 common questions people ask when considering orthodontics.

What Can I Expect During My First Appointment?

During your first appointment, your orthodontist will discuss your oral and overall health as well as perform a thorough examination of your smile. If necessary, we will take digital x-rays of your smile and provide a full consultation as to the type of orthodontic treatment you will need. Whether it is traditional braces, Invisalign, or ClearCorrect, they will provide a complete treatment plan for you to review. This is also a great time to ask any questions you might have about the type of treatment you’ll be receiving.

How Long Will My Orthodontic Treatment Take?

This depends on which type of treatment you receive and how well you adhere to your orthodontist’s instructions. With Invisalign and ClearCorrect, most patients are finished in 12-18 months. Traditional braces can often take 2-3 years depending on the severity of the original problem. For the most complex cases, metal braces often work the best; however, it will be up to your orthodontist to decide which treatment can effectively take care of your individual dental needs.

How Much Can I Expect to Spend?

Just like the timeline for treatment can vary, so can its cost. Every patient is different and so is each orthodontic problem. While Invisalign and ClearCorrect tend to be more expensive than traditional braces, it is up to you as to what matters most when receiving orthodontic treatment. Many patients value flexibility over cost while others prefer the most affordable method above anything else.

You can expect that during your consultation, after reviewing your charts and completing a thorough examination, your orthodontist will be able to better provide a cost estimate. This will allow you to determine whether insurance will cover any or all of your treatment as well as how best to budget for any out of pocket expenses.

How Often Will I Need to Schedule Appointments?

Typically, seeing your dentist every 4-6 weeks is customary when receiving orthodontic treatment; however, this depends on the severity of your case. If they believe you will be fine to wait 6 weeks or longer before coming in for another visit, you will just need to make sure you schedule your appointments accordingly. It’s imperative that you attend these follow-up appointments, as your orthodontist will need to make necessary adjustments and check on the progress of your treatment.

It’s understandable that you probably have many more questions about orthodontics, so make sure you bring them with you to your next appointment. This will ensure you have all the information you need to make a well-informed, confident decision about the future of your smile.

About the Practice
At ProSmiles Dental, we are excited to serve your entire family’s oral healthcare needs but also understand you might have many questions about a particular treatment or procedure. For patients inquiring about orthodontic treatment, our team of professionals can walk you through the entire process, answering any and all questions you have along the way. It is our goal to make sure you feel confident about your dental care and will do our best to offer complete transparency with regard to treatment planning and expectations. To learn more, contact us via our website or by calling (817) 369-8000.

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