Meeting a general dentist a number of times in a year is fine for people, but very often you need the services of an orthodontic specialist. They are highly in demand when anyone has an underbite, overbite, crowding or spacing problem in their teeth.
Popularly, known as Orthodontists, they are specialists who spend two more years of their dentistry in studying how to treat severe dental issues like poor jaw and teeth alignment, face and dental irregularities and more.
When looking to seek the services of an Orthodontist, you need to be 100% sure. Here are some questions that you should ask them before proceeding.
- What is your experience?
Finding out which orthodontic program the orthodontist has been a part of is important in deciding whether you have found the right specialist or not. You also need to find out the time of practical experience they have. It is important to ask whether they’re an AAO member or not. Check out the AAO website to search for a potential orthodontist of your locality.
- What are your timings?
You may be busy. Skipping classes or not giving your family sufficient time may hamper your activities. So, it is better that you opt for an orthodontist that provides evenings or weekend sessions. There are specialists that render on call services on weekends. Go for an orthodontist who can render service out of your busy schedule with a quick appointment.
- What are the available options?
Make sure you ask an Orthodontist about questions of the available options. Kids may be a little conscious about braces on their teeth or might worry as a parent for them. Luckily, conventional braces aren’t just the only option. You also have teeth colored braces or colorless aligners that suit you. Ask your orthodontist to explain the treatment procedure and suggest alternative treatments too, if they’re available. You should find out about the pros and cons of a particular treatment suggested to you.
- How long will the treatment take?
Make sure you ask this question. It is quite a common question amongst patients. The average time for an orthodontic treatment is 24 months, but surely every case is different. Enquire about the estimated time your treatment will take and find out how often you need to see them during the treatment procedure to see the progress.
- What is the cost?
Cost is still the major question that you need to ask when you talk about orthodontic treatment. Every orthodontist may charge you differently and in some condition, a change in price shall have nothing to do with the treatment procedure. You should also ask about the inclusions in the final amount and find out how you need to pay them. Do you need to pay more if the treatment time exceeds the anticipated time? Do you need to pay on every visit?
Once you get answers to all your questions and you come out satisfied, you can proceed for the treatment plan.