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Smart Questions to Ask at Your Orthodontic Consultation

Oct 10, 2023

Smart Questions to Ask at Your Orthodontic Consultation

It takes years of orthodontic treatments to fix misalignments, so it’s important to know all the details before choosing a treatment route. Read on to find out what questions could make your journey to a straight smile easier.

Orthodontic treatments last for a long time and can be quite expensive. As a result, it’s important to get as much information as possible before getting braces. 

You may find out there are cheaper alternatives to your preferred treatment, or you might opt for more expensive braces for the sake of comfort and aesthetics. 

The initial consultation is the best time to learn everything you need to know to make the best decision. Our experts at iSmiles Kids Dentistry and Orthodontics in Corona, California, offer braces for both children and adults. Below, we asked them to share some questions that are worth asking during an initial consultation. 

What type of braces could fix my issues?

There are several types of braces, ranging from more noticeable types such as metal braces to clear aligners such as Invisalign. Clear aligners are more expensive, but they move teeth faster with less discomfort and are virtually impossible to spot. 

However, metal braces have their benefits too. They’re sturdy and can fix severe bite issues that clear aligners can’t. Plus, they’re usually less expensive. 

Knowing your options is key to choosing a treatment route that best suits your lifestyle and budget. 

What’s the treatment timeline?

Orthodontic treatments can last anywhere from one to three years. However, our providers can speed up the process in a safe way with the help of Propel®. 

Propel is a treatment in which our provider makes tiny perforations in your gum tissues. This encourages a faster remodeling of the bone and faster movement of the teeth. 

What should I expect my dental hygiene routine to look like?

Braces make it harder to keep your teeth clean, and this can increase your risk for plaque and cavities. 

If you opt for traditional braces, you may need to dedicate some extra time to your dental hygiene to ensure you don’t ignore spaces between the brackets and the wires where food debris can accumulate. 

In comparison, clear aligners are easier to clean, as you can take them off each time you eat. 

How often will I need to come to the dental office? 

If you have a tight schedule, you may need to know in advance if you can come to have your braces adjusted at a time that works for you. Ask about the working days and the working hours of your provider. 

Learn more about getting the smile of your dreams 

Our experts understand that getting braces is a big investment, both financially and time-wise. For that reason, they take their time to explain, in detail, the costs and the process so you know everything you need before making a decision. 

If you’re unsure whether or not you or a loved one needs braces, contact us to schedule an appointment at our office in Corona, California.