At any given time, around four million Americans are undergoing teeth straightening using braces. Orthodontic treatments require an investment of time and money, so your orthodontic consultation is an important first step before making any commitment.
Before your orthodontic treatment, you’ll want to learn about your teeth treatment options. If you are unsure about what you are supposed to ask, don’t worry. We’ve compiled the top 10 questions you should ask during your free consultation appointment.
1. What Are My Treatment Options?
By working with the esteemed dentists of TDR Orthodontists, you or a family member will have access to the best in orthodontic care. Our office offers traditional braces and clear aligners.
- 3D printed aligners
- Ceramic braces
- Clear aligner therapy
- Invisalign Teen
- Metal braces
Each treatment option comes with unique benefits and cost factors.
2. Which Options Are Right for Me?
Your dental consultation offers a member of our team plenty of time to go over your treatment options in detail. Ceramic braces, for instance, are a more cosmetically pleasing alternative to traditional braces.
The Invisalign Teen option comes with specialized buttons that alert parents when the aligner trays haven’t been worn long enough. The treatment option that our orthodontist recommends will depend on the type of dental misalignment you have and other factors that will be discussed during your consultation.
3. What Do These Treatments Cost?
Treatment cost factors include the type of treatment, length of treatment, the severity of misalignment, and other factors. We understand that cost factors matter to our patients.
We will sit down and help you figure out what your dental insurance will cover and what type of monthly payment plan meets your budget. With fewer office visits (typically once every eight to 10 weeks), we pass those savings onto you.
4. Am I Too Old for Braces?
You are never too old to enjoy the benefits of braces. We love seeing braces on our teenage, young adult, and older adult patients. Whether you are seeking braces for your teenager or for yourself later in life, the dental team at TDR Orthodontics can help you or a family member enjoy the many benefits of orthodontic treatments.
5. What Should I Expect During Treatment?
No matter which treatment option you undergo, we will ensure that your comfort is maintained throughout the treatment process. Our patients benefit from fewer visits to the dentist and a shorter overall treatment timeline.
If you undergo traditional braces, your journey begins with the placement of brackets, attachments, and a robotically bent wire that guides your teeth into better alignment.
Periodic wire tightening help gently nudge your teeth into better alignment. Once your teeth have reached their ideal position, one of our orthodontists will carefully remove the dental appliances before having you fitted with a retainer.
Clear aligners snap over your teeth and gently move teeth into better alignment. Each successive tray is straighter than the last one. Once you complete your last tray, you can enjoy the full cosmetic results of your treatment.
6. Do Braces Hurt?
Orthodontic technology has drastically improved over the years and decades, and our orthodontic center has stayed on top of those changes. Every step of your journey toward a straighter smile will be completed with your comfort in mind.
Whether you undergo clear aligner treatment or metal braces, the alignment of your teeth will be shifted gradually so you experience minimal discomfort. Even with the careful steps we take, there will be momentary and brief periods of discomfort as your teeth adjust to wire tightening or new clear aligners.
7. What Are the Benefits of Braces?
We love answering this question! Braces are a cosmetic treatment that delivers a symmetrical and attractive smile. A beautiful smile is associated with youth, intelligence, and other desirable qualities.
Orthodontic treatments also offer oral health benefits. Straight teeth are easier to clean than crowded or crooked teeth. Following orthodontic treatment, you may even notice that eating becomes easier or that your jaw feels more relaxed when chewing.
8. How Long Will My Treatment Last?
On the short end, you can expect your treatment to last several months. More complex cases of dental misalignment can require a year or even a few years of treatment.
No matter what your teeth alignment issues are, you can expect quick and effective orthodontic work by working with the team at TDR Orthodontics. Our patients enjoy treatments that are up to 25% shorter.
9. Can I Expect Predictable Results?
Whether you opt for traditional metal braces or any of our other treatment options, you can expect dazzling results. Our treatments can address crossbite,
crowded teeth, gaps between teeth, and other dental problems. By the time you start your treatment, one of our team members will provide you with a treatment timeline so you know when you can enjoy the final cosmetic benefits.
10. How Soon Can I Begin?
The first step is to schedule your orthodontic consultation. After that meeting, a member of our team will schedule your first appointment to start your treatment. Before your braces are fitted, one of our orthodontists will carefully examine your teeth and jaws to ensure that your treatment fully addresses your dental misalignment problems.
Schedule Your Orthodontic Consultation Today
Your orthodontic consultation is the first step in your journey toward a new smile. Since 1989, the orthodontists at TDR Orthodontics have provided comprehensive care using the latest in state-of-the-art technology.
If you have been wanting to enjoy the benefits of a bright and attractive smile, don’t wait to contact one of our offices today.