Questions to Ask Your Orthodontist

Thinking about getting your teeth straightened? Asking your orthodontist the right questions can ease anxiety about your treatment plan.

1. What are my treatment options?

Orthodontists use different approaches to straighten the teeth of their patients. There are pros and cons to each of the approaches. It’s important to ask what the options are, and which will work for you within your lifestyle.

2. How do different treatments work?

Your orthodontist can explain how each of the orthodontic treatment options work.

3. How can I maintain my oral hygiene at home?

Routine brushing and flossing are absolutely essential to maintain good oral hygiene. Doing both following meals is essential to preventing the buildup of plaque and avoiding cavities.

4. Will insurance cover my orthodontic procedures?

Some dental insurance plans have orthodontic coverage, with varying levels. No dental insurance will cover orthodontic treatment completely. So check insurance coverage and out-of-pocket expenses prior to starting treatment.

5. Does Medicare cover orthodontic treatment?

Medicare doesn't cover orthodontic expenses. Medicaid sometimes covers orthodontic treatment for kids in severe cases.

6. Do I really need braces, even if my dentist referred me?

There are many factors to weigh when determining if orthodontic treatment is needed. An evaluation should include X-rays, intraoral and facial photos, and a scan or models of your teeth.

7. Do I need teeth extracted?

Depending on the condition of your teeth and your goals, you might need a tooth or teeth extracted.

8. Will I need to wear a retainer after treatment?

Teeth shift after braces. The retainer maintains the position of teeth that you want them to be rather than where they’re naturally moving."

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