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Interviewing a Prospective Orthodontist
By Aazdak Alisimo

There is, perhaps, a bit more confusion about orthodontics than about most dental treatments. It is good to have a list of questions for an orthodontist when considering treatment.

Save on All Your Dental care Needs! What are some good questions for an Orthodontist? It might be a good idea to divide your list of questions into three major groups or sub-divisions. The first group would be concerned with the necessity for treatment. The second group would be concerned for the method of treatment, and, finally, what is the cost of treatment? This might even suggest a good order for asking the questions. Many people start with the cost questions first before they have any idea of the necessity or mode of treatment.

The first group of questions should concern the necessity for the treatment. This is especially important when discussing care for the children. What will be the most likely impact of not having the treatment? Will the condition get worst or will it remain the same? What is the prognosis? These are the kind of questions that should be asked to establish that there is a pressing need for the treatment.

The second group may be the most important questions for an orthodontist. What exactly does the treatment involve? How long will it take? How difficult is it on children and what special care will they require? Are there any risks involved? It is important that the patient understands the entire course of treatment and is totally satisfied that no surprises lurk in the future. It is one of the major responsibilities of the orthodontist to present his treatment plan in its entirety. You need to make sure that you understand the totality of the treatment before you move to the final stage.

Once you understand the necessity for treatment and the exact scope of the treatment plan, you can ask the important questions about cost. By saving these questions until last, you do not allow cost to dictate your decision on if the treatment is necessary or will be beneficial. This should be made without considering costs. Once you know that you have accepted the idea of the treatment, you can find out if you are able to afford it. The orthodontist should be able to answer your questions fully on costs and on the availability of Insurance coverage or alternative payment plans.

It may be possible that you are not able to afford treatments especially if their ultimate purpose is mainly cosmetic, but cost should never be the factor that influences your decisions on the necessity of them. The orthodontist should be a good answer person. Make certain that you ask all the questions that could possibly occur to you until you have a complete understanding. It is your mouth and your teeth and your orthodontist is not going to be offended by a lot of questions.