Are you looking to hire an orthodontist to give your children straighter teeth? Do you want to get braces for yourself to give yourself the smile that you have always wanted? If so, then you need to learn all you can about the key questions to ask.

Your Glendale orthodontist will be more than happy to answer any questions that you have. Knowing the right ones to ask will help you gain more confidence, peace of mind, and understanding of the process.

See below for an in-depth list of questions that you should ask your Glendale Orthodontist about braces.

1. What Treatments Do You Offer?

Here’s the thing about getting straight teeth: traditional braces aren’t your only option. These days, the dentistry field is booming with new treatments that can help you get straighter teeth within a smaller window. 

One of the most noteworthy treatments out there is the infamous Invisalign®. These clear aligners can offer you a great alternative if you’re looking to avoid braces. You can take them out at any time, you won’t have to schedule as many appointments, and there won’t be any emergency appointments that need to be made. 

We here at Willow Creek Ortho also offer Damon Braces. These are clear braces that help the teeth slide into the correct position quicker and with less friction. That means less pain for the patient (you or your child) and fewer check-ups. 

Be sure to ask your trusted orthodontist about all of the treatments they offer and which one they feel would be right for you.

2. How Often Will I Need Checkups?

When learning about the process behind your braces, it’s always helpful to understand how often you’ll need to come in for checkups. Typically, traditional braces require a visit to your Glendale orthodontist about once every 4 to 7 weeks. 

However, if you aren’t investing in traditional braces, then your required checkups will lessen. Both clear aligners and clear braces require far fewer appointments over the entirety of your treatment. You’ll have a bit more flexibility in your schedule, knowing that you or your children don’t need to visit every month or two (which also affects the price).

Of course, the number of visits also depends on your situation. Schedule an initial appointment with your Glendale orthodontist today so they can give you a more accurate expectation of your visit frequency. They’ll assess the current layout of your teeth and list out the next steps for you to take.

3. How Much Will Braces Cost?

As with any growing family, you have to make sure that the treatment option you choose (braces or otherwise) makes financial sense for your budget.

It’s important to note that an orthodontist can only give you a price estimate over the phone. To get a clearer picture of the cost involved, you’ll need to schedule an initial appointment. That’s when you’ll go through treatment options, timeline, budget, and so forth.

We’re happy to go through all of our treatment options with you to find a way to meet your preferred price point. While it can be a bit awkward to ask about, it’s an important part of the discussion!

4. How Can Braces Benefit Me?

Let’s say that, at your first appointment, you and your Glendale orthodontist discover that braces fit your budget and preferred treatment timeline. If that’s the case, then you’ll want to learn more about their perks. It’s all about comparing braces versus other treatment options they offer.

The benefits of braces are plentiful. See below for some of the best advantages to braces for patients:

  • They’re cost-efficient
  • There are many different types of braces (such as our Damon Braces)
  • They’re especially helpful for patients with severe situations
  • They produce reliable results that stand the test of time

In other words, braces can give you a high return on your investment. Consult with your local orthodontist to see what specific benefits they can offer you.

5. How Long Will Treatment Take?

No two mouths are the same. Whether you knew it or not, your current teeth alignment is different from everyone else’s. For that reason, the length of your treatment can vary depending on the severity of your situation.

You might be surprised to find out that some people’s mouths are more receptive to the treatment than others. Some take longer to respond to the treatment, thus causing a longer timeline for straighter teeth.

No matter how long it takes, these treatments are worth the investment. The average treatment for braces can be anywhere from 1 to 3 years. That’s all it takes for a straight smile for the rest of your life!

6. What Would You Do for My Child?

Parents, this last question is dedicated to you. If you’re looking to invest in braces for your child, it can be tough to determine when the right time is to have them put on. 

The proper age for doing so can vary for each child. Some children get them as young as 8 or 9, while others don’t get them on until they’re teenagers. 

Don’t be afraid to ask for our opinion! You can ask your Glendale orthodontist about braces care and what they would do if this was their child.

Set an Appointment With a Glendale Orthodontist Today

Now that you have seen an in-depth list of questions to ask your Glendale Orthodontist, be sure to use this information to your advantage during your next visit.

Are you still searching for your orthodontist? Be sure to read this article for more information on the 5 things you should look for in quality orthodontic care.

For more inquiries, please be sure to reach out via our contact us page and we will be happy to assist you further.