May 22, 2019
Questions to Ask Your Orthodontist About Treatment
If you’ve had your dentist recommend braces, you may feel nervous about the prospect.
After all, aren’t braces painful, ugly, and cause you to not be able to eat your favorite food?
Not necessarily! In fact, you have a lot of options when it comes to orthodontic treatment today. But that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t ask questions before you decide on a specific orthodontist or treatment plan.
Here are some questions to ask your professional before you begin your treatment.
What Types of Alignment Do You Offer?
The metal braces you might remember from the 1990’s aren’t the only option anymore. Today, you can get ceramic braces that match the color of your teeth or even use Invisalign.
Having these options available is important, although you may not be able to have Invisalign depending on your needs. Be sure to ask your orthodontist lots of questions about what treatments are available and what your needs are, so that you can understand your options.
What’s Your Orthodontic Education?
You definitely don’t want to take advice about orthodontics from someone who doesn’t have the extra education in that specialty. Being a dentist is great, but it doesn’t qualify someone to give you high-quality treatment.
An orthodontist has three years of education beyond dentist’s school and knows how to diagnose and treat specific problems that impact the alignment of teeth and jaws.
You never want to do alignment treatment through the mail or with a dentist. Always choose a qualified professional or you could end up with more problems than you started with.
What Equipment Do You Use?
A high-quality orthodontic office will have state of the art equipment. You shouldn’t have to suffer through gunky gooey impressions anymore. Not only are they uncomfortable, they are less accurate than digital scanners that can do intra-oral images of your teeth.
Also, self-ligating braces eliminate the need for elastic or rubber bands, meaning fewer visits to the office during treatment and an easier time enjoying your favorite foods and keeping your teeth clean.
When Are Appointments Available?
No one likes taking time off work or other important activities to go to the orthodontist. Instead, be sure to choose a professional that can work around your schedule. At Hodge Orthodontics, we have extended hours for appointments and even have Saturday slots available.
It’s important to make sure the treatment schedule fits your needs, or you won’t end up making it to your appointments. This can cause delays in your alignment, which you definitely don’t want!
Trust Hodge For Your Orthodontist Needs
At Hodge Orthodontics, you can ask these questions with confidence. We are proud to have a professional orthodontist, a variety of treatment plans, high-tech equipment, and more.
Even more importantly, we believe that everyone should have access to treatment. We accept multiple insurance plans and offer flexible financing. We want to work with you to find the best way to get you the help you need.
If you’re ready for a free consultation, contact us today. We’re happy to answer all the questions you have!