There are many different types of appliances that can be used to correct dental misalignment and bite problems. It is important to understand the options that are available when considering orthodontic treatment. Your orthodontist has the specialized knowledge to help you decide on the correct method of treatment based on variables like age, jaw imbalances, differences in the size of your teeth and more.

Most common orthodontic appliances:

Questions to ask your orthodontist during your consultation

  • What treatment option do you suggest and why?
  • Are there any other treatment options I should consider?
  • What lifestyle changes will I need to make while completing orthodontic treatment?
  • Can I still complete my orthodontic journey while travelling?
  • How long will my treatment take?
  • How often will I need to come for adjustments?
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Orthodontic Specialists with different opinions or advice

Different orthodontists have different philosophies, and, because of this, they will sometimes recommend different treatment options. This does not mean that one orthodontist is right and the other one is wrong. It simply means that there are different ways to approach a problem. You can choose to proceed with the treatment you prefer.

Moving or transferring orthodontists

Sometimes it is necessary to change orthodontists partway through treatment. Your existing orthodontist will prepare the necessary transfer documents for your new orthodontist. The new orthodontist will usually take a new set of records (models, photos, X-rays) to establish where you are in treatment and provide a baseline. They will review the information from your first orthodontist along with the new records and discuss future steps with you. There may be additional fees associated with transferring to a new orthodontist.

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Risks of mail-order teeth straightening

Companies are marketing orthodontic appliances, most often clear aligners, directly to the public. Caution should be used when deciding to use these appliances due to the limited diagnosis of the orthodontic problem and lack of oversight by a treating doctor.

For those impacted by the closure of Smile Direct Club

In light of Smile Direct Club's recent closure, customers may find themselves without the appropriate support during their ongoing treatment. It is recommended that those affected consider consulting with a certified orthodontic specialist for a thorough diagnosis and personalized treatment plan. Seeking the advice of an orthodontist can provide valuable insights into your current situation and guide you toward achieving a healthy, beautiful smile.