Whether you are visiting the orthodontist for the first time, or the fifth. Whether it’s for you or your kiddo, you need to ask questions. Orthodontic treatment by a licensed orthodontic professional is not an inexpensive investment, but it IS a worthwhile investment. Like any significant investment, your due diligence not only serves to inform you, but it also gives you the opportunity to see how comfortable your orthodontist is with being questioned. That matters.
What to ask? You should come up with a personal list of your own questions and concerns, but here are a few you might consider:
Are you a licensed orthodontist or are you a general dentist performing orthodontic procedures?
Do you have before and after photographs of patients you have treated that are similar to me or my child?
How often to you recommend extracting teeth? No matter the answer to this question it should be followed up by “why?”
If early treatment for a child is recommended, what specifically are we accomplishing by splitting the treatment into two parts?
If we should elect to have early treatment, what is done between the early and final orthodontic treatment?
What type of retainers will be required after treatment? How often and how long will they need to be worn?
If you are an adult seeking treatment for yourself, ask what percentage of patients in the orthodontist’s practice are adults?
How flexible are the payment plans in this practice?
This is certainly not meant to be a comprehensive or required list of questions, but it should serve as a guide to help you get the most out of your orthodontic consultation.