5 Important Questions to Ask Your Orthodontist Before Getting Braces

Posted on December 6, 2022

If your orthodontist recommends braces, it may be your best treatment option. Braces are a proven effective method of treating many tooth placement problems. You should ask your orthodontist these five questions before you get braces to prepare for the treatment.

1. How Long Will I Need to Wear Braces?

It’s important going into treatment that you know how long the treatment will take. For most people, according to the American Orthodontist Association, treatment time is about two years. However, each situation is different, and your orthodontist may recommend a shorter or longer treatment.

2. How Often Will I Need to be Seen in the Office?

You will need to return to the orthodontist’s office periodically to have your braces adjusted. As your teeth shift into place, the braces will need adjustment for that shift. Knowing how often you will need to schedule a follow-up appointment is important.

3. How Do I Care For My Braces?

You will need to know how to take care of your braces. Your orthodontist will provide information about your dental health hygiene and the dos and don’ts of wearing braces. You may have to change some foods you eat or wear a mouth guard when playing sports.

4. What Are the Parts of My Appliance?

Asking your orthodontist to explain that parts of your braces are a good idea. It is important to know if you need to wear rubber bands on your braces to create the perfect amount of tension on the wires to move your teeth. It can help to ease concerns if you know how each part works to straighten your smile.

5. What If I Grind My Teeth at Night?

If you grind your teeth at night, your orthodontist likely already knows based on the shape of your teeth. According to Sleep Foundation, about 15% of young adults grind their teeth while they sleep. It is a common problem but can be a big deal when wearing braces. Grinding can break the wires on the braces.

Gathering as much information as possible before starting treatment will ease your fears. Ask all the necessary questions to make yourself more comfortable with the treatment plan, and to gain a better understanding of the overall process. Make an appointment with Smilebliss today to learn more.

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