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The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children visit the orthodontist for a checkup no later than age 7. If this is your child's first visit, be prepared with a list of important questions. Each situation warrants its own specific inquiries about the severity of your child's dental problems.
questions for your child's orthodontist
- What is your experience as an orthodontist? Did you graduate from a two-to-three year accredited orthodontic program? Which one?
- What are your fees for services? Are they fixed? What do your fees cover?
- What extra costs could possibly arise throughout treatment?
- Do you recommend braces or a different kind of treatment? Why?
- Is my child the right age for treatment? What would happen if we waited?
- What are the advantages of early treatment?
- In your opinion, what is best for my child?
- Will my child require follow-up treatment after having braces? Will my child need retainers? For how long?
- Are there different types of braces or ways to move teeth? What will work best for my child and why?
- How long will the treatment last?
- If any, how much discomfort will my child experience? How can we treat this?
- What are my and my child's responsibilities during and after treatment?
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