Questions for the Orthodontist

We sincerely hope you’ll choose us for you or your child’s orthodontic treatment. But we also understand the need to shop around—that’s what smart shoppers do. Orthodontic treatment is a serious procedure and you want to make sure it’s done right. Whomever you visit for treatment will certainly have answers for you. But are you asking all the right questions? Uh-huh. We’re willing to bet you hadn’t thought of that. So we took the time to make sure you were armed, ahem, to the teeth when you make your exploratory visit. If you print out this handy list of questions and take it with you, you’ll be more than prepared. All we ask in return is that you visit us for a second opinion.


  • At What age should I start bringing my child to an orthodontist?
  • Do I still need to schedule myself/my child for regular scheduled dental visits with a general dentist when the braces or an appliance are on?
  • Do I need to have my cavities taken care of prior to me getting my braces?
  • What insurance companies are you IN-NETWORK with?
  • Is it too late to have braces at my age?
  • Can I wear braces even if I have crowns, bridges, or missing teeth?
  • What are the benefits of orthodontic treatment?
  • Will I have permanent marks on my teeth when the braces come off?
  • Will braces damage my teeth?
  • Do braces hurt?
  • How long do I have to wear them?
  • What is the time frame? How long between scheduled appointments?
  • Can my child go back to school after he/she receives an appliance or braces?
  • Can my child still play sports with his/her braces or appliances?
  • Should my child get a mouth guard?
  • Can I drop my child off for their appointments without them being accompanied by an adult?
  • Who extracts the teeth if any need to be removed?
  • Where did the orthodontist go to school?
  • I will be obtaining a second opinion and may have additional questions for you, Is this acceptable?
  • If I change my mind after you take records and provide me with your final diagnosis and treatment plan, will you provide me with all my records?
  • Do you guarantee the results?
  • What are the aesthetic and health risks from having braces?
  • Does the age at which I get braces affect the success of treatment?
  • What are the benefits of getting braces as an adult?
  • What types of braces are available for adults? Is one type better than the other?


  • What are your specific concerns?
  • If you had a blank canvas, how would you like your smile to look?
  • If you could change anything about your smile, what would it be?
  • Can I review your “smile measurements” (without using a mirror)?
  • Can I compare normal aesthetic values with the patient’s existing conditions?
  • Can I point out the “dark corners” phenomenon versus a broader smile when narrow arches exist?
  • Can I explain (to a young patient) how your smile will look when you’re an adult?
  • Do you play sports or engage in physical activity?
  • Do you, the patient, understand the importance of compliance with the treatment plan?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with ___________?


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