Every orthodontic journey is different, and many patients realize that they have questions after they have already left their appointment, or when they need to make a decision quickly and do not have time to call their orthodontist. Every patient has different dietary restrictions, lifestyle choices, and other situations that can affect their journey with braces. Here are some questions you may want to ask your orthodontist during your consultation!
How often will you need to go to the orthodontist during your treatment plan? The answer will depend on your treatment needs and what kind of braces you have. For example, frequency will vary depending on how often you need to have your traditional braces tightened, or how often you need to get new Invisalign trays. The answer to this question will help you decide which plan is best for your and your lifestyle, as scheduling may become an issue if you live far away from your orthodontist’s office or are extremely busy. You’ll also want to ask how far in advance you should schedule your appointments, so that you can always find an open appointment time that will work with your schedule!
How long will my orthodontic treatment last? This question is important to ask, especially if you are planning to move or have an important event like a wedding planned in the near future. Of course, orthodontic treatment length is always an estimate, and the date you actually get your braces taken off will depend on how quickly your teeth move (and how vigilent you are at keeping up with your orthodontist’s instructions at home!). However, your orthodontist will be happy to include you in the game plan, and keep you updated about your progress as the estimated end date changes.
Whether you’re using rubber bands, retainers, or any other orthodontic accessory or attachment, you’ll want to make sure you know how to properly use and clean them when you go home. Your orthodontist will be happy to explain the accessories to you and make sure you know how to effectively use them to ensure maximum safety and efficiency.
How often will I need to come into the office to maintain my retainers after my braces are off? This is an important question that many orthodontic patients do not take into consideration at the beginning of their treatment plan. You will need to see your orthodontist at least a few times after your braces are off to follow up on the effectiveness of your treatment and make sure you retainers are working for you, though the visits will most likely be less frequent than when you actually had your braces.
Specific Food Questions
Everyone’s diet, dietary restrictions, and cultural food traditions are different. It is a good idea to ask your orthodontist about your own dietary needs, and they will be able to help you figure out which foods you can still consume with braces and which foods you should take a break from during your treatment.
Protective Gear for Sports
How should I protect my teeth and braces during practices and games? Your orthodontist may recommend that you use a different kind of mouthguard or face mask than you usually do while playing your sport or participating in other athletic activities. This will vary depending on your level of physical activity and the specific sport.
The bottom line? Don’t be afraid to ask questions! We want to help you make sure that your experience with braces is the best it can be. If you have any question or are ready to schedule your consultation, call our office today!