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What questions should I ask during my orthodontic consultation?

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Are you thinking about orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth or correct jaw alignment? Consider making your first step for an orthodontic consultation by contacting Childers Orthodontics at (618) 438-2815. During the consultation, we will address your questions, concerns, and talk about a treatment plan that would best suit your situation.

Questions you may to ask during your orthodontic consulation

We want you to feel prepared and in charge of your orthodontic treatment decisions, so keep these questions in mind when you come in for your appointment.

If I do need some adjustments to my teeth, what options will I have besides braces?

After your initial consultation, Dr. Kyle Childers will provide you with different options, including options that do not contain braces. This will help you determine what approaches we use to straighten your teeth.

What kind of preparation is needed to get braces? How many visits will it take?

It’s important to know how many appointments may be needed and what you will need to do between appointments to be ready for braces.

Can I expect any pain when getting braces?

Ask about the ways we address pain management. Our team at Childers Orthodontics would be pleased to help you out.

What determines how long I have to wear braces?

The length of treatment will vary from patient to patient. During your consultation, we can evaluate your teeth and jaw alignment to determine the correct course and length of treatment.

How will braces affect my lifestyle? Foods I can eat? Activities I can do?

You may find that little needs to change in your daily routine to have a successful orthodontic outcome. We can discuss and address any changes so you can be prepared before you get your braces.

Who will be involved in the orthodontic work? Whom can I expect to see during my adjustment visits?

The entire team at Childers Orthodontics comes together to help you during your orthodontic treatment. During your adjustment visits, you will be seeing Dr. Kyle Childers regularly.

What will my orthodontic work cost? What is the ”average” cost and what could be the maximum?

Make sure you are clear about what your insurance covers, who contacts the insurance company for pre-authorization, who files the insurance forms, and what flexibility there is to pay the remaining amount not covered.

Your initial orthodontic consultation may just be the first step in relieving a lot of pain and discomfort in your life. Going in with the right questions will help you to understand the entire process and prepare you to do your part for your own dental health. Be sure to bring a list of your questions!

What questions should I ask during my orthodontic consultation?

When Should My Child See an Orthodontist?

 

Orthodontic treatments vary from dental treatment, in that they primarily address malocclusions, jaw spacing and tooth alignment, rather than the actual health of the teeth. That is why it is often more difficult for parents to determine when a child needs orthodontic treatment than dental treatment. So how can you know it is time to take your child to the orthodontist?

When Should My Child See an Orthodontist

• Bad Bite – As the adult teeth begin to replace primary teeth, bite occlusions can develop. These often become visible to parents between middle childhood and the pre-teen years, although an orthodontist can identify a bad bite with early evaluation.
• Visible Tooth Crowding – If your child’s newly emerging teeth are already crowded, you should make an appointment with our office to discuss braces.
• Tooth Grinding (Bruxism) – Children who grind their teeth at night may do so unconsciously, but the condition requires treatment to prevent the development of headaches, TMJ, and tooth damage. Oral appliances are available to correct nighttime tooth grinding.
• Difficulty Chewing, Biting, or Speaking – If your child is displaying difficulty speaking or eating, or if he or she often experiences cheek biting, schedule an orthodontic consultation.
• Asymmetry – If your child’s face is asymmetrical, or if his or her teeth do not meet together in a natural way, orthodontic treatment may be necessary.

Evaluation and Preventive Care

Even if your child has no visible tooth or jaw alignment problems, the American Association of Orthodontics recommends that every child visit the orthodontist for an initial examination no later than age seven. The reason for early evaluation is because orthodontists are capable of finding subtle problems with the jaw and teeth growth and spacing before they become more pronounced and also more difficult to treat. By bringing your child in for an evaluation, you may be able to treat orthodontic conditions with shorter and more simplified treatments that are also more affordable than treatment during the teenage and adult years. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Kyle Childers today!

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Ask Dr. Childers: “What should I expect during my initial consultation?”

Great question! When you first come in for your initial consultation, Dr. Childers will conduct a comprehensive examination to assess your oral health. This will better enable us to determine the best treatment method for you.

Your orthodontic evaluation will consist of an oral and facial examination to assess your oral health. We will have you take intraoral and facial photographs as well as panoramic and cephalometric X-rays to help determine the proper orthodontic treatment method. Then, an impression of your teeth and bite will be taken to construct a model of your mouth. (This will help us when examining your diagnostic records).

At your second appointment, the Doctor will discuss your options with you. Our team feels it’s important to take the time to carefully examine your diagnostic records after your consultation so that we can more thoroughly prepare for your treatment. This additional preparation will ensure that you receive the best orthodontic care possible. At this time, we encourage you to ask us any questions you may have about your treatment.

If you are seeking orthodontic treatment for your child, our staff asks that both you and your child attend the initial consultation. We feel it is important that both you and your child completely understand the doctor’s recommendations before we proceed with treatment.

Give us a call today and schedule a consultation! We look forward to hearing from you!