Top Questions To Ask Your Orthodontist

If you’re new to orthodontic treatment, you likely have a lot of questions for your Muscle Shoals orthodontist. What can you eat? What foods should you avoid? Do braces hurt? If this is your first time with braces, a retainer or Invisalign, know that no orthodontic question is a dumb question. To ensure the most successful treatment, our team encourages you to ask away when you’re in the office or to call when a question strikes. Not sure what to ask? Here are a few common orthodontic questions to get you started.

Is Orthodontic Treatment Painful?

Discomfort levels vary from patient to patient depending on a number of unique factors such as how much teeth have to move, how overlapped teeth are, etc. However, the discomfort usually only lasts for the first couple of days to a week and can be alleviated with the right medications.

Are Braces And Invisalign Expensive?

As with the above answer, there is no clear-cut answer. How much your orthodontic treatment will cost depends on the type of treatment you undergo (braces, Invisalign, spacers or expanders). Treatment time will also factor in your overall cost. However, the benefits of treatment far outweigh the cost for most people.

Are Metal Braces My Only Option?

Traditional braces are bulky, flashy and uncomfortable. If you’re at a point where you want a more discreet treatment option that fits with your lifestyle, consider Muscle Shoals Invisalign or Invisalign teens.

How Soon Do I Need To Start Orthodontic Treatment?

The sooner you start treatment, the better. Early treatment can cut down on treatment time and circumvent more serious issues such as gum disease, chipped or cracked teeth, unnecessary tooth loss and other health concerns. Early treatment can also cut down on the cost of orthodontia.

How Long Does Treatment Take?

The length of treatment varies depending on your particular issues, the extent of those issues, the type of treatment you opt for and how well you care for your teeth during treatment. However, the average braces treatment takes 24 months while the average Invisalign treatment takes 12.

Contact Our Orthodontist Today

If you have more questions about braces, Invisalign, or anything else that you think will help you get the straight smile you’re longing for, reach out to our team today – we’re always here to help! Call us at or contact us online. We can’t wait to hear from you!