Whether you are a child or an adult, it is common to feel a little nervous or worried during a first visit to the orthodontist. Many speak of this fear which disappears very quickly once one is installed on the armchair. We know that this is a very important moment, and the whole firm is there to support you since your arrival, to help you approach your treatment as calmly as possible. This article will tell you what to do before starting your treatment, to better understand it and understand the ins and outs. Patients can come to see an orthodontist for many reasons: aesthetic reasons, medical reasons etc. Similarly, they may have heard about the practice on the internet or through friends or family. There are therefore many possible cases, and a very variable knowledge of what orthodontics really is in new patients.
How to find out beforehand?
Some people learn a lot: there is a lot of information available on the internet – some good and some bad. You have to be careful with the sources, because everyone often has their comments, and patients sometimes tend to judge for the doctor, in retrospect. Other websites or blogs may have serious information, but they are often lost in a sea of approximations, and can lead you to even more apprehension, or even insist on bad treatment choices without knowing the ins and outs. and outs.
Can I go to an orthodontist for advice?
Do you want to start treatment, or simply go further in understanding your case to decide?
Make an appointment with an orthodontist, so that he can give you feedback on your case and offer you a treatment plan. This will allow you to ask the right questions, and make the right decision. Do not forget! The orthodontist is there to help you, so don’t hesitate to ask him any questions you think are necessary. And above all, don’t stop with preconceived ideas! The practitioner may suggest a treatment that you had not considered. If so, trust him because it is his job: he will guide you to obtain an optimal result.
What to think of the experience of my loved ones?
Your loved ones will probably tell you how they lived their treatment: they will reassure you about the overall process, the little apprehensions they may have had too, what to do or not, etc. All experiences are good to take but be careful! Orthodontic techniques have evolved a lot, and what was done ten years ago is no longer necessarily relevant today. In addition, depending on the orthodontist who performed the treatment and the patient’s experience, the experience may be very different: you should never lose sight of this when someone shares their experience with you.
How can I find out about my health insurance?
To avoid any unpleasant surprises, contact your mutual insurance company to obtain clear information on your reimbursement. Most often, this information is specified in your contract and is available on your mutual fund’s intranet. For adults, be careful, often only child reimbursements are specified. You must take into account all the reimbursements. Please note, your mutual insurance company can also advise you on practitioners with whom it has partnerships: this is not necessarily in your favor – and above all, it is up to you!
Frequently asked questions by patients
Some questions come up frequently from patients, such as:
- Can the rings hurt?
- What type of rings do I need?
- Will I need restraint wires?
- Will the rings prevent me from engaging in certain activities (music for example)?
- How can I keep my teeth clean with rings?
- How often will I have appointments and are there appointments outside working hours?
Of course, each orthodontist can answer certain questions differently! And above all, as always, it also depends very much on your case.
For case-by-case responses
Among the previous questions, here are the ones to which you will not find an answer already made, because a practitioner must examine you, or because it is a very specific answer to this office:
- How long will the treatment last and how much will it cost?
- What type of rings do I need? The answer will be specific to each patient.
- How often will I have appointments? Same, it will depend on your treatment.
- Are there appointments outside working hours?
Among the more classic responses given to patients
Although some answers vary – depending on your treatment, your morphology, elements that cannot necessarily be predicted, and / or personal choice – there are answers that can conventionally be given:
Can the rings hurt?
Answer: The rings themselves does not hurt. On the other hand, it is possible that rubbing against the inside of the lips or the tongue may cause pain during the first days. They will usually disappear very quickly
Will I need restraint wires?
Answer: The objective of the compression thread is to prevent the teeth from moving, so as not to have to repeat the treatment.