Questions to Ask Your Orthodontist

When patients visit us for orthodontic treatment in Overland Park or Olathe, KS, we always kick off the process with a consultation. At your first visit to Moon Orthodontics, we conduct an examination, determine your goals and discuss potential treatment options. We go over a lot of information and we pride ourselves on being thorough but we love when patients ask questions too. If something isn’t covered or you want clarification, this allows you to get all of the details you need to make confident decisions.

If you ever visit an orthodontist who isn’t happy to answer your questions, it’s probably not a good fit and since you’ll be seeing a lot of your orthodontist, you want to know it’s the right practice for you. Are you wondering, “What should I ask my orthodontist?” Well, wonder no more. Here are some key questions to bring up at your orthodontic consultation.

Questions to Ask Your Orthodontist

What types of treatment do you offer?

Metal braces are really effective and work for patients of all ages but what if you’d prefer something more under-the-radar like Invisalign or you have a nickel allergy and need an alternative to traditional braces? It’s always best to have a variety of options and to be able to find the solution that works for you. At Moon Orthodontics, we offer metal braces, nickel-free braces, clear braces, gold-plated braces and Invisalign. Yup, we have something for every smile!

How long will my treatment last and how many visits will I need?

A number of factors influence the duration of your treatment including the complexity of your case and the type of treatment you choose. After an examination and deciding on a treatment option, an orthodontist can give you an estimate on how many visits you’ll need in order to perfect your smile.

What kind of experience and qualifications do you have?

An orthodontist is a dentist who has gone on to receive two or three years of specialty training after dental school. You want to make sure you receive treatment from a Certified Specialist in Orthodontics who has the expertise and knowledge to determine what’s causing your malocclusion, or improper bite, and what treatment options will give you the best results. It can also be helpful to find out if they’ve treated cases like yours before.

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What is the cost of orthodontic treatment?

The cost of braces or Invisalign varies depending on the severity of your orthodontic needs, what type of treatment you choose, and how long your treatment will last. At Moon Orthodontics, we’re always up front about costs and there are no hidden fees. We outline everything at your consultation. Transparency is extremely important when deciding on an orthodontic practice.

Questions to Ask Your OrthodontistWhat payment options do you offer and do you accept insurance?

You’ll want to ensure that treatment will fit your budget. Many orthodontists, Dr. Moon included, offer flexible payment plans and accept most insurances. At our office, we’ll even call your insurance company before your first visit to find out if treatment is covered and better determine what your out-of-pocket costs will be.

Will the shape of my face change?

Some patients are concerned that their face shape will change and others welcome the thought. After an examination, an experienced orthodontist can tell you what to expect.

Will extractions be necessary?

We try to avoid extractions but every once in a while they’re necessary to achieve the desired results. Every patient is different, and Dr. Moon will discuss the pros and cons of extraction vs. non-extraction treatment if that conversation is appropriate for that patient.

Will I need a retainer?

Wearing a retainer is the only way to maintain your new smile and prevent your teeth from moving back to their old positions after orthodontic treatment. Therefore, in pretty much every case, the answer will be yes.

What things can I expect to be improved?

Once you’ve had a thorough examination and choose a treatment plan, your orthodontist will be able to tell you what your results will be like and how your smile and bite will improve. Patients who choose Invisalign at Moon Orthodontics, will even get to see a visual representation of how their teeth will look at every stage of the treatment.

Depending on your needs, there may be additional questions you should bring up but this list is a great start to gain valuable information. Knowing exactly what to expect and making sure you’re well informed before straightening your teeth will allow you start treatment feeling confident and excited. If you’re interested in braces or Invisalign in Olathe or Overland Park, schedule a consultation today and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.