Your general dentist may recommend that you see an orthodontist for orthodontic treatment. An orthodontist is a dentist, but not every dentist can provide orthodontic treatment. According to the American Dental Association, it can take up to 10 years to learn the specialty training that every orthodontist needs. If you have an appointment scheduled with an orthodontist, be ready to ask these four questions so you can walk into your treatment fully prepared.

1. What Are My Treatment Options?

There may be multiple treatment options to correct your dental problem. It is important that you gather all the facts before you decide what treatment is right for you and your lifestyle. For example, you may be eligible for invisible aligners instead of traditional braces. You won’t know unless you ask. Also, ask which treatment your orthodontist thinks is best to treat your condition.

2. How Long Will The Treatment Take?

In most cases, traditional braces take around two years to correct the defect. Of course, every case is different. It is important that you know what to expect about treatment length. Make sure that you ask how long it typically takes to treat your specific problem. Don’t rely on anyone else to tell you to want to expect. You will get conflicting information. Go right to the source.

3. What Can’t I Eat?

You may have to make some dietary changes. You must know what foods are off-limits during treatment. You can ask either the dentist or the dental hygienist about what types of foods to limit while you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. It is best to know upfront what foods to avoid. You must know how to proceed with orthodontic treatment for the best results.

4. What Steps Do I Take if I Have a Problem?

It is important that you ask about emergencies. What do you do if a wire breaks? Who do you call after hours if something goes wrong? Asking these questions will help you prepare for any situation.

Having a firm plan, understanding the dos and don’ts of orthodontic treatment, and knowing what to do in an emergency will calm your apprehension about the process. Ask all the questions you need to; your orthodontist shouldn’t mind. Make an appointment with Nowlin Orthodontics toay1 We’ll be happy to answer any of your questions.