There are many different appliances used to straighten teeth, most of which are designed to minimize their appearance. Modern orthodontic appliances are smaller and sleeker, and some are virtually invisible, like clear aligners. Your orthodontist will advise you on the best options for your specific needs.
Here are some things you can expect during your treatment:
- Regular dental appointments: During active treatment, you will need to visit your orthodontist every 4 to 8 weeks. After treatment, when you start wearing retainers, you will need to schedule appointments every 3 to 6 months.
- Normal routine with a few changes in diet: You should be able to do almost anything during your orthodontic treatment, including dining out, playing musical instruments, singing, and kissing. Your orthodontist will advise you on the necessary changes to your lifestyle, such as diet choices, but most adults are able to adjust perfectly.
- Collaboration with other dental practitioners: Your orthodontist will work with your periodontist or general dentist to improve the health of your gums and prepare you for orthodontic treatment. If you have already been treated for periodontal disease, and are eligible for orthodontic treatment, then you can proceed with regular supervision from your periodontist.
Is orthodontic treatment affordable?
The cost of orthodontic treatment depends on several factors, including:
- The severity of your problem
- Complexity of the issue
- Duration of treatment
During your initial consultation, your orthodontist will discuss the cost of your custom treatment plan with you before it begins. With better materials and techniques, orthodontic treatment is more affordable today than ever.
Keep in mind that modern orthodontic appliances and techniques have made treatment more comfortable and affordable than ever so you can continue to live as normal as possible. Moreover, most orthodontists offer a range of convenient payment plans, and your dental insurance plan may also cover orthodontic benefits.