Five Questions to Ask at an Orthodontic Consultation

 

My Orthodontic Consultation with Dr. Heidi Harman at H2O Orthodontics near Independence, MO Is Tomorrow… What Questions Should I Ask?

 

For people near Independence, MO who wish to improve the appearance of their smile, their bite, and/or their overall oral health, get started today by scheduling an initial consultation with Dr. Harman at H2O Orthodontics. The staff at H2O Orthodontics want all their patients to feel in charge of their orthodontic treatment decisions and to feel prepared for an initial consultation.

During your initial consultation, Dr. Harman will answer your questions about orthodontia and your oral health. If orthodontic treatment is indicated, Dr. Harman and the team at H2O Orthodontics will then outline a treatment plan that will best treat your orthodontic issues and provide for the utmost treatment outcome.

Some commonly posed questions may include:

  1. What kinds of treatment options do I have to get straighter teeth and a healthier smile? Are any of the alternatives to traditional metal braces right for me? Your consultation is the best time to ask the doctor which treatment options are available to you that will ensure the best outcome for your individual needs. Dr. Harman will discuss with you your treatment goals and help you learn about the options available to achieve them. (At H2O Orthodontics, many patients opt for alternative treatments such as Invisalign clear aligners.)

  2. What kind of preparation is needed to get braces? How many visits will the treatment take? It’s always a good idea to ask questions like these to ensure that you’re comfortable with undergoing orthodontic treatment and that it fits conveniently into your schedule and budget.

  3. Should I expect any pain while I have braces? A lot of people who could readily benefit from orthodontic treatment shy away from the idea because they fear it might be a painful process. This is a common concern for many patients, and it’s one that you should talk about with your orthodontics provider. The H2O Orthodontics team will explain exactly what to expect and how to treat any discomfort their patients may experience.

  4. What determines how long I have to wear braces? During your consultation, Dr. Harman will evaluate your teeth and jaw alignment to determine the best course of treatment, and he will present a schedule approximating the length of treatment. (Orthodontics can be a lengthy process, so don’t be disappointed if you don’t notice a huge change in a short amount of time. You’ll achieve your dream smile soon!)

  5. How will braces affect my lifestyle, my diet, and my activity level? It’s impossible to avoid having to make changes in your lifestyle, specifically your dietary habits, once you begin orthodontic treatment. You may find that you need to make just a few changes to your daily routine to have a faster and more successful treatment outcome. During your consultation, Dr. Harman  will discuss with you any recommended diet or lifestyle changes so that you’ll be prepared and ready by the time your orthodontic treatment begins.

 

Other important questions you may want to ask:

  • How long will a typical adjustment appointment last?

  • What are the typical costs associated with orthodontic treatment, and what should you expect to pay?

  • What orthodontic treatment costs does your insurance plan cover?

  • Who arranges for insurance company pre-authorizations, if necessary?

  • Who files the associated insurance forms for treatment?

  • What flexibility is there to pay any outstanding charges not covered by insurance?

 

Your initial orthodontic consultation is just the first step toward the healthiest smile you can achieve. Be sure to bring a list of your questions for Dr. Heidi Harman and the team at H2O Orthodontics near Independence, MO. To schedule an initial consultation with H2O Orthodontics, call: (913) 782.7223.

Questions to Ask Your Orthodontist near Brookside, MO

Many people suffer from crooked, misaligned, discolored, or even painful teeth. We have good news for those who have struggled with the appearance of their crooked smile, and some of the health implications that it may bring.

There’s no better way to get started than a complimentary consultation with Heidi Harman Orthodontics. During your complimentary consultation, Dr. Heidi Harman will address your questions, concerns, and outline a treatment plan that will best suit your specific case. 

 We would like for you to feel prepared and in charge of your orthodontic treatment decisions, so keep these questions in mind when you come into our orthodontist office near Brookside, MO

1. If my goal is to have a straighter and healthier smile, what kinds of treatment options do I have? Could any of the alternatives to traditional metal braces be right for me? – Asking this is important   because it helps Dr. Heidi Harman get an idea of your goals, and helps her to help you decide which treatment options will work to help you accomplish your goals.

2. What kind of preparation is needed to get braces? How many visits will it take? – It is always a good idea to ask a question like this to ensure that your orthodontic treatment will fit comfortably and   conveniently into your schedule.

3. Can I expect any pain when getting braces? – This is a common concern, and one that you should bring up if it is worrying you. The staff Heidi Harman Orthodontics will explain exactly what to expect, and can reassure you that any discomfort will be short and minimal.

4. What determines how long I have to wear braces? – This is another very common concern. 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.

5. How will braces affect my lifestyle; the foods I can eat; and the activities I can do? – While it is inevitable that you will need to make certain changes to your lifestyle and dietary habits, you will likely  find that you just need to make a few changes to your daily routine to have a successful outcome with your orthodontic treatment. We will discuss any of these changes during your complimentary consultation so that you’ll be prepared by the time your treatment with braces begins.

Other important questions you may want to ask include:

  • Who will be involved in the orthodontic treatment that I receive?
  • Whom can I expect to see during my adjustment visits?
  • 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 preauthorization, who files the insurance forms, and what flexibility there is to pay the remaining amount not covered!)

Your initial orthodontic consultation is just the first step towards that perfect smile that awaits you. Going in with the right questions will help you to understand the entire process and prepare you to do your part for your orthodontic experience. Be sure to bring a list of your questions! To schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Heidi Harman, please call (913) 782-7223 or visit our Orthodontic office near Brookside, MO.