If you've never been treated by a New York City orthodontist before, you may feel scared or apprehensive about your first consultation and subsequent treatment. An orthodontist will be a part of your life for several years, so it is important that you are comfortable with him or her. Asking lots of questions will give you a good feel of his or her personality and treatment style. Here are a few examples of what you may want to ask.
What types of braces are available to me?
Many orthodontic patients, especially adults, worry that they will be stuck with traditional metal braces. Depending on the amount of correction that is needed, you may be eligible for Invisalign, lingual braces or ceramic appliances.
How long is the treatment process?
The answer will vary based on your situation, but treatment time can range from less than a year to over four. You will also need to regularly visit your orthodontist's office for check-ups and adjustments.
Can I speak to some previous patients?
A good orthodontist will most likely have former patients who serve as references. Be sure to speak to the ones who had the same treatment that has been recommended to you.
What happens after my braces are removed?
After the removal of your initial appliance, you may have to wear a retainer. During that time, you will still need to make regular visits to the orthodontist, so be prepared for that possibility.
How much will this cost?
Do not be embarrassed to ask this question! A good orthodontist will give you an honest estimate and help you figure out what your insurance will cover and propose a payment plan.
If you are interested in learning more about orthodontic options, contact Upper Eastside Orthodontists today to schedule an initial consultation. We look forward to meeting with you!