4 Questions to Ask at Your First Orthodontic Exam
When you visit an orthodontist office for the first time, it’s understandable if you feel a bit nervous or aren’t sure what to expect. Here are some questions to ask during your first orthodontic exam to help you be the most prepared to start treatment.
“What’s Your Medical Background?”
Some patients may be embarrassed to ask this question, but it’s an important one. It’s totally understandable to want to know someone’s qualifications before you start treatment with them. And when it comes to orthodontics, it’s important to make sure you’re working with a licensed orthodontist. While dentists go through medical school and may learn the basics about braces or Invisalign, orthodontists have to complete extra schooling by going through a residency to become licensed.
Doctors with some years of experience and those who value continuing education are most likely to be able to treat any type of issue and be up-to-date on the newest treatments and technology.
“Why Shouldn’t I Use Mail-Order Braces?”
One reason some patients may think they don’t need to go to an actual orthodontist is that they’ve seen ads for “mail-order” braces. These companies make the claim that people can get straight teeth using clear aligners they receive in the mail after submitting photos and impressions of their teeth. Another draw is they seem to cost less than conventional orthodontic treatment.
However, these mail-order braces don’t include the in-person supervision of an actual orthodontist, which creates a number of risks, including experiencing irreparable damage to your teeth. In the end, having a licensed orthodontist present to supervise your treatment will be more than worth it.
“Will I Be Able to Practice My Hobbies?”
Many people are worried if they will be able to play sports or their favorite instrument with braces. The short answer is, yes. If you play contact sports, like wrestling or football, be sure to ask for an orthodontic mouthguard to protect your braces. This will also prevent the braces from scraping your gums if you get hit during practice or a game.
When it comes to instruments like the trumpet, saxophone, or flute, braces will inevitably make things a bit harder at first. However, after practicing, you should get used to playing your instrument with braces. If you are concerned about making the adjustment you can always consider Invisalign or Invisalign Teen if your child is the musician.
“What Is Early Orthodontics?”
While you are likely thinking of getting braces for yourself or your teen, your younger children may be able to benefit from early orthodontics starting around age seven. At this age, they should get assessed for any jaw problems, which can often be fixed with early orthodontics and allow them to avoid more intense treatments later on in life.
Here at The Smile Store, we aim to create a comfortable environment during your initial visit to our practice. We’ll be happy to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have about starting orthodontic treatment with braces or Invisalign.
During your appointment, we’ll be sure to cover how to care for your braces and your teeth, including best cleaning practices, how to prevent discomfort with braces, and food restrictions. Schedule your free consultation at The Smile Store today!