What should I expect from my Orthodontist or Dentist?

A diligent orthodontist or dentist will always:

  • Ask you about your concerns.
  • Outline all the different treatment options and their risks and benefits.
  • Explain about the different types of braces.
  • Estimate how long the treatment should take.
  • Explain about retainers at the start of treatment, and the possible need for lifelong wear if the teeth are to stay in their new place.
  • Explain how likely the teeth are to stay in their new position at the end of treatment (that is the stability of the final result).
  • At the start, explain what other procedures may be required as part of the treatment.
  • Give you thinking time to decide if you want to go ahead.
  • Give you a written treatment plan and fee estimate (if appropriate).
  • Tell you how much orthodontic training they have had.