You were referred to an orthodontist who is recommending braces, but you want to know if that’s truly the best option for you right now. Many people seek a second opinion from a different orthodontist before making the final decision to get braces. If you have scheduled an appointment for a second opinion on braces, here’s a few questions you might consider asking the orthodontist:
What Treatment Do You Feel is Best for Me?
The orthodontist may be aware that this appointment was scheduled as a second opinion, but it’s important that you do not reveal what the previous orthodontist recommended for treatment. This way, the orthodontist you are currently seeing will not be influenced by the diagnosis of another professional. During your second opinion appointment, give the orthodontist an opportunity to conduct a thorough exam and reflect upon your dental history in order to make an objective diagnosis and treatment plan for you.
Why Do You Feel that is the Best Orthodontic Treatment Option?
Once the orthodontist has made the recommendations, you should ask why they feel that is the best course of action. Be wary of any professional who claims that this is what they always do, or who says they never consider certain treatment options. A qualified orthodontist understands that treatment plans need to vary based on the individual and a wide variety of factors, and they should never be firmly against or always for specific types of treatment options.
Can You Provide Me with Referrals from Previous Patients?
Ask the orthodontist for referrals so that you can hear opinions from previous patients. In addition, you might want to consider asking to see before and after photos of previous patients in order to see the results the orthodontist has achieved in the past.
Whether it’s time for your initial consultation with an orthodontist, or you are seeking a second opinion, we invite you to schedule an appointment with us today. We are orthodontic experts who specialize in personalized treatment plans, and we will help you decide if braces are the right treatment option for you at this time. Call us now.