For those wanting to enhance the appearance of their teeth, it’s important to consult with a professional orthodontist to discuss the options of braces for straighter teeth that will work to have an improved bite. During the initial consultation, it’s important to ask a few common questions to learn what to expect and how to prepare for the treatment.
1. How Long is the Treatment?
Each patient is different when it comes to how long braces will need to stay on the teeth to correct different cosmetic and functional problems. Ask when the estimated time frame is, which can also determine the overall cost.
2. How Much Discomfort Can Be Expected?
Although there is not a high amount of pain involved, there is still discomfort that can be expected depending on how much the teeth are expected to shift and how the braces rub the inside of the mouth. Ask the orthodontist what may hurt the most and what can be done to alleviate any pain afterward.
3. What Foods Should I Avoid?
Certain foods are commonly difficult to consume, often getting stuck in the wires or causing the metal to break due to the texture of the item. Ask the orthodontist what foods should be avoided, as he’ll likely suggest more specific products than just hard candy, soda, and chewing gum.
4. How Do I Brush Teeth?
For new patients, it can feel like a challenge to learn how to brush teeth with wire blocking the teeth. It’s crucial to ask how to brush the teeth, as well as floss, to ensure that all food particles are removed and teeth are kept healthy.
5. Does Head Gear Need to Be Worn?
For those who have braces installed, a large number of people also need headgear, which works to correct an over or underbite. Patients can expect to wear the dental tool for 12 to 14 hours a day, making it important to know if the tool will be worn in the future.
6. When Will Adjustments Need to Be Made?
The staff at King Orthodontics at all three of our offices in Bridgeville, Downtown Pittsburgh and Wexford will need to make adjustments and inspect the progress of the treatment to ensure that the teeth are moving efficiently. Patients should know how frequently they’ll need to visit the office and how long each appointment will take.
7. How Much Will it Cost?
The price of the cosmetic dental treatment often depends on the individual, making it important to ask about the cost and even work out how it will be paid for. Many people opt for payment plans on a monthly basis, making it easy to afford for those on a budget.
8. Will My Speech Change?
With braces, many people are nervous that their speech will change and that it will be difficult to talk. The orthodontist will be able to provide tips and information on how to prevent talking differently or how long it will take to adjust to the change.