Three Steps to Take Before Starting Orthodontic Treatment
Orthodontic treatment can be an exciting step towards achieving the smile you've always dreamed of! A new smile creates confidence and can help people feel better about presenting themselves. However, preparing yourself adequately is essential before you embark on this journey. Here are three vital steps you should take before starting your orthodontic journey.
1. Comprehensive Dental Check-Up
Before starting any orthodontic treatment, ensuring your oral health is in tip-top condition is crucial. This involves a comprehensive dental check-up to identify potential issues that may interfere with orthodontic procedures. Our office checks with your dental provider for any concerns we should watch out for. Your dentist will check for cavities, gum disease, and other dental problems that should be addressed beforehand. For instance, tooth decay and gum disease can slow orthodontic processes, which means more extended time in braces! Patients must also continue to see their dentist for routine cleanings while in braces or Invisalign. That partnership between the dentist and orthodontist is essential for giving you straight teeth and a healthy smile.
2. Understand Your Treatment Options
Orthodontics has evolved significantly over the years, and a vast range of treatment options are available. Each has pros and cons, from traditional braces to Invisalign and ceramic braces. Before starting your treatment, take time to understand these options. Discuss each treatment type's cost, duration, aesthetic concerns, and maintenance with your orthodontic team. By doing so, you will make an informed decision that suits your lifestyle and preferences. At Hester and Morris Orthodontics, all of our new patients receive a complimentary consultation, which is an excellent opportunity to ask any questions you may have about your treatment options. It’s important to us that you feel confident and comfortable!
3. Planning Your Budget
Orthodontic treatment can be quite an investment. After all, a smile can last you a lifetime! Therefore, it's essential to understand the financial implications before starting your treatment. Our practice offers flexible payment plans to help spread the cost. It's also essential to check what your dental insurance covers and what you'll be expected to pay out-of-pocket. Our new patient team will happily verify this information for you before your first appointment. A well-planned budget will ensure that your orthodontic journey is smooth and stress-free. Our financial team works closely with patients to ensure they can afford their needed treatment.
To sum up, getting ready for orthodontic treatment is more than just deciding to enhance your smile. It involves a thorough dental examination, familiarizing yourself with the available treatment options, and budget planning. By taking these steps, you can ensure a successful treatment outcome and make your orthodontic journey a smooth and confident one.