Thinking about scheduling a free consultation with our orthodontist in Allentown? Your free consultation is the perfect time to meet the team and have your questions answered. There’s so much to learn about braces, sometimes it can be hard to find the right questions to ask your orthodontist. Where do you start?

While our team is glad to answer any questions that come your way, here are a few questions to ask your orthodontist that may help you get the conversation started.

How much experience do you have? How many patients have you helped?

You want to make sure your orthodontist is experienced and has the proper education and certifications needed to make your smile shine. All orthodontists are dentists, but not all dentists are orthodontists. Becoming an orthodontist takes several more years of specialized schooling.

Don’t be afraid to question your orthodontist’s experience and credentials. Ask them how many patients they’ve helped. Take some time to look up your orthodontist beforehand. You may be able to find solid reviews and a biography. It’s okay to make sure your smile is in good hands!

What options are available?

Many people have the traditional image of braces in mind when they first approach the orthodontist: shiny metal wires and brackets with bright, colorful rubber bands. However, orthodontic technology has advanced a lot over the years. Now orthodontists offer clear braces and Invisalign aligners. There may also be additional options for younger patients, such as jaw expanders.

At Exeter Smiles, we offer both treatments. However, not every orthodontist does. It’s important to ask about the available options. Every smile is different and every treatment should be done with your lifestyle and health in mind.

Can I see some before and after photos?

Every orthodontist should have a gallery of before and after photos of patients. These success stories showcase some of the most extreme cases and their results. If your orthodontist says you have an underbite, ask for similar patient case studies. Do the same if you have an overbite.

Sometimes seeing is believing. See the difference braces or Invisalign can make for yourself.

How long will the treatment take?

It’s important to know what you’re getting into. Braces are not a process that takes a few weeks. They can take months or even years. Some patients who haven’t worn their retainer must undergo treatment all over again.

The length of each treatment varies from case to case depending on its severity. Ask the orthodontist for a timeline estimate. This is very important for budgeting if your orthodontist doesn’t offer a flat fee.

At Exeter Smiles, traditional braces are available for only $3,995 no matter how long the treatment takes. However, it’s still alright to ask our team how long you can expect to wear your braces! After all, you have some of your favorite foods you’d like to eat…

What can I/can’t I eat?

Speaking of which…food is one of the most popular topics that come up during consultations! All patients want to know how their diet will be affected.

If you’re wearing traditional braces, you should stay away from sticky, hard, or crunchy foods. Popcorn, gum, or apples can break your braces. Cut your foods into small pieces for easier eating. If you wear Invisalign, your diet is less restricted since the aligners can be removed as needed.

During your consultation, your orthodontist will walk you through a more comprehensive list of the do’s and don’ts.

How can I best take care of my teeth?

Dental hygiene is more important than ever when you’re wearing braces. Not brushing or flossing regularly can leave food and bacteria in the hard-to-reach spots around your braces. Cavities and white spots are some common issues that occur as a result.

Your orthodontist will be happy to walk you through the proper care of your braces and your teeth. They may even have some special brushes, floss, or picks to share that can help keep your smile shining bright.

What is the cost of braces?

Braces are a large investment for any family. It’s okay to be upfront and ask what the price is. Some orthodontists, like our team, are very transparent on the price and fees (or lack of fees) we offer. However, not every orthodontist is. Don’t only ask for the full price, ask for what’s covered and not covered. Ask what insurance they accept and if any payment plans are available.

It’s alright to get multiple quotes. Like you would a car or a house, shop around and see what options are available.

Ask Our Orthodontists!

Our orthodontists are here to help you understand your treatment options and answer any questions you have. If you have more questions to ask your orthodontist, we invite you to schedule a free consultation with our team and get your questions answered!

With orthodontists in Allentown and  Reading, you can find braces in the Lehigh Valley, Berks County, and beyond.