The decision to get orthodontic treatment is a big deal! Want to know more about braces or aligners but don’t know where to start? We’re here to help! Here are 3 things to ask an orthodontist to find out what orthodontic treatment could look like for you.
1. Do I Need Orthodontics?
Some people know they want braces, but others aren’t sure because they don’t know how braces or aligners might benefit them. One of the best things to ask an orthodontist is for them to show you how orthodontic treatment could impact your smile.
Whether you have an overbite, crooked teeth, a gap between teeth, or overlapping teeth, it might be hard to imagine how your smile would look after orthodontic treatment. Your orthodontist has the tools and experience to help you envision the results to decide if orthodontics is right for you.
Sometimes people don’t get orthodontics to straighten their teeth for cosmetic reasons, but instead to help move their teeth into proper alignment so that it will be easier to keep their teeth clean and healthy to avoid gum disease and cavities. So there are many reasons to consider orthodontics!
2. What Type of Treatment is Best for Me?
Deciding between braces or aligners is a big decision. How do you know which type of treatment is best for you?
There are pros and cons to each type of orthodontic treatment, so your decision might depend on your lifestyle or the types of activities you enjoy doing, such as playing sports, acting, or modeling. Your orthodontist might also recommend a specific treatment based on the conditions that need to be addressed to achieve the smile of your dreams.
3. How Long Will it Take?
One of the most common things to ask an orthodontist is, “How long will my orthodontic treatment take?” Treatment times can vary, depending on a number of factors, such as which conditions are being treated and which treatment method you choose.
The best way to get an estimate on how long you might need to wear braces or aligners is to visit an orthodontist for a consultation. That way, they can listen to your goals and examine your teeth and jaw so that they can work with you to develop a detailed plan and treatment timeline.
Call our Santa Fe Dental Office, to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.