In the past, orthodontics was seen as a cosmetic treatment. Now, it is often viewed as a way to improve dental health and function. Orthodontic treatments are also customized for an individual's needs and desired results. This means that there are many options available for adults who have never needed or considered orthodontics before but may now be considering it because of their age or other factors affecting their oral health. The first step in finding out if you need orthodontic treatment is getting your teeth examined by your orthodontist during a consultation appointment. Here are a few questions you should ask your orthodontist at the start of this appointment.
1. How Long Will My Treatment Take?
Treatment time can vary from case to case, but many people notice teeth moving within the first couple of months of their treatment. In some cases, treatment may even be shorter than anticipated. Certain factors such as age, the severity of misalignment, and treatment preference may influence the length of time required to complete a course of treatment. Your orthodontist can discuss your expected treatment timeline during your consultation appointment.
2. What Will My Financial Obligations Be Throughout My Treatment?
Orthodontic treatments are typically paid for out-of-pocket at the start of treatment. Even if your insurance pays for part of your orthodontic care, you may still be responsible for co-payments and/or other costs, such as replacing retainers over time. Your orthodontist can help guide you through the financial options available to you during your consultation appointment.
3. What Type of Orthodontic Treatment Is Right for Me?
While traditional metal braces are still a popular option, modern orthodontics offer a host of alternatives. Clear aligners, such as Invisalign, are very popular and available as an alternative form of treatment. Your orthodontist can discuss the different types of orthodontic treatments available to you during your consultation appointment.
4. How Long Until I Can Expect to See Results?
Orthodontic treatment is a gradual process that might produce some noticeable changes within the first couple of months of beginning treatment. Still, it is important to remember that most changes are gradual. It can take years before treatment is complete. Your orthodontist can discuss the timeline of your specific case during your consultation appointment.
5. What Are the Potential Complications Associated with My Case?
While orthodontic treatments offer incredible results, there are certain risks associated with wearing orthodontic appliances. Your orthodontist can discuss the potential complications associated with your specific case during your consultation appointment so that you can be fully informed before deciding on a treatment plan.
At first glance, it might seem like the days of wearing braces are over. Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for children, according to a recent study. One fifth of orthodontic patients are over the age of eighteen (per Dr. Jacquie Smiles). Your orthodontist can help you determine the best treatment plan for your specific case during your consultation appointment. To learn more or to schedule your consultation, contact Evenly today!