5 Key Questions You Should Ask Your Children’s Orthodontist

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About 4 million Americans have braces. And there’s a good reason why.

Not only can they help boost a child’s confidence by leaving them with beautiful, straight teeth, but they also make it easier to keep teeth clean, reducing the risk of future dental problems.

Of course, braces are a lengthy and costly process. So, it makes sense that you’d have a whole list of questions to ask your children’s orthodontist before diving in.

Do you want to know what questions need to make it onto your list? Keep reading to find out!

1. What Options Are There?

You may think that your child will be stuck with traditional metal braces. However, there are many different options, including Invisalign, hidden braces, and ceramic braces. Each of these still works to straighten teeth, but they are more discreet than metal braces.

So, be sure to ask your child’s orthodontist what options they offer and which, if any, would be suitable for your child’s specific needs. 

2. How Long Will My Child Need Braces?

It’s no secret that braces take a while to work. However, the amount of time your child’s braces will have to stay on will vary based on their specific case.

For example, those with very minor alignment issues may get their braces off in under a year while those with more serious issues may need braces for two years or more.

The option you choose may also affect your child’s timeline. For example, Invisalign often works faster than metal braces.

3. How Often Will We Need to Come In?

Your orthodontist will need to make adjustments throughout the process, meaning you and your child will need to come in periodically. Ask your child’s orthodontist how often these check-ups usually occur and how long they take. Ideally, you want to get in and out efficiently instead of being stuck in the waiting room for an hour before every appointment.

4. What Are Your Hours?

Between work, school, and after-school activities, it can be hard to find available time to schedule orthodontist appointments. But when you need to do this every few months, it’s important that your child’s orthodontist has a schedule that works well with yours.

Make sure you ask them what their hours are. You may also want to ask if they have weekend or evening hours available.

5. What Payment Options Do You Have?

Perhaps the most shocking part of getting braces for your child is the cost. It’s not a bad idea to meet with a few different orthodontists and ask them how much they typically charge. You’ll also want to inquire about payment options.

Are you able to pay monthly or by appointment? Is there a discount for paying in full up front? Do you need to make the final payment by the time your child is ready to have their braces removed?

What to Ask Your Children’s Orthodontist

Don’t be afraid to ask your children’s orthodontist plenty of questions before you get the ball rolling. Just follow this list above to help get started.

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