Burrow & Welchel Orthodontics https://www.charlotteorthodontists.com Orthodontist in Charlotte and South Park Thu, 30 Apr 2020 20:36:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.1 https://www.charlotteorthodontists.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/favicon.png Burrow & Welchel Orthodontics https://www.charlotteorthodontists.com 32 32 4 Things Young Adults Should Consider When Searching for an Orthodontist https://www.charlotteorthodontists.com/4-things-young-adults-should-consider-when-searching-for-an-orthodontist/ Thu, 30 Apr 2020 20:28:52 +0000 https://www.charlotteorthodontists.com/?p=30485 The post 4 Things Young Adults Should Consider When Searching for an Orthodontist appeared first on Burrow & Welchel Orthodontics.

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1) How much is this going to cost?

Cost is not everything but is certainly something that should be considered when choosing a provider. In today’s orthodontic market there can be a huge swing in price for treatment. And just like other markets, there is a wide swing in results, service and quality of maintenance.The important thing is to find a high quality , board certified orthodontist that will allow you to finance your treatment over time; allowing you quality while remaining in your budget! At Burrow and Welchel Orthodontics we use convenient financing plans and we pride ourselves in not making an orthodontic issue turn into a financial issue for our patients.

2) How long will this process take?

Although treatment time can vary due to the severity of the case it is important that your provider gives you a realistic view of the expected timeline. Unrealistic timelines can be frustrating for both the patient and provider. It is understandable that patients want the fastest treatment possible, unfortunately sometimes fast doesn’t equal best. The technology does continue to improve allowing for more efficient tooth movement but we are still dealing with biology and the process that needs to occur to not only move a tooth but to create stability in the bite and position to ensure the teeth stay straight. At Burrow and Welchel Orthodontics we will make sure to give you a realistic timeline with an explanation of why!

3) Will there be follow up after my treatment is finished?

Stability and retention is so important in orthodontics and should be addressed at the very beginning of treatment. At Burrow and Welchel Orthodontics we not only follow up with you after treatment to make sure your retainers are fitting and being worn but we take it a step further and guarantee your treatment! Meaning even if you forget to wear your retainer or lose the retainer and your teeth shift; we fix it for free! We take all the risk off the table and give our patients peace of mind that the smile they have will stay that way!

4) Are the Orthodontist Board Certified?

In today’s market there is a wide variety of quality when it comes to aligners and braces. Patients can have aligners sent in the mail without any doctor communication, can go to a general practitioner with less experience or a board certified doctor can handle the treatment from start to finish while monitoring the movements to ensure health and esthetics. At Burrow and Welchel Orthodontics each orthodontist has gone the extra step and been certified by the American Board (only ⅓ of orthodontists do this extra step to ensure quality). If the goal is to have a well maintained smile for a long period of time it is highly recommended to choose an orthodontist that will monitor your smile from start to finish and continue to monitor throughout, even years down the road.

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Do you need a WaterPik during your orthodontic care? https://www.charlotteorthodontists.com/do-you-need-a-waterpik/ Thu, 30 Apr 2020 20:23:57 +0000 https://www.charlotteorthodontists.com/?p=30478 The post Do you need a WaterPik during your orthodontic care? appeared first on Burrow & Welchel Orthodontics.

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Orthodontist, Author and speaker Dr. Sam Burrow knows that having great oral hygiene care with routine maintenance can be costly, especially if you don’t have dental insurance. The American Dental Association (ADA) and Burrow and Welchel Orthodontics recommend you see your dentist twice a year for regular checkups and cleanings. However, Dr. Sam Burrow explains, by not keeping up with your routine maintenance and seeing your general Dentist or Periodontist routinely it can be even more costly! If your oral hygiene is lax, the cost of dental care rises, depending upon what it needed to correct the situation, be it a routine filling, root canal, or implant and bridge to replace a lost tooth.

So what does this have to do with Orthodontics?! A lot. Oral hygiene and schedule maintenance recalls with your general dental dentist become even more important during active orthodontic treatment. The appliance can increase the surface area for plaque, food and debris to be retained that can cause demineralization (white spots!), gum disease and eventually irreversible bone loss.

Home care also becomes more vital. The best guarantee for good dental health has always been, and still is, regular brushing and flossing. Flossing can become even more difficult with braces on and is something that many of us do not do nearly as often as we should (some maybe not at all!). And it’s not just our adolescent patients here at Burrow and Welchel Orthodontics, we also have trouble with our adult patients flossing enough.

Due to the time consuming act of having to floss a lot of orthodontic patients look to the WaterPik for a solution. The WaterPik is sometimes considered simpler and faster to use than dental floss, but the question is does it work as well to keep teeth clean rather than regular flossing?

It is no doubt that using the WaterPik is much easier than traditional dental floss, unfortunately it doesn’t do the job as well. The water has a difficult time penetrating between teeth that tightly fit together or are crowded, which prevents proper removal of food and plaque which can cause gum disease and decay.

So, the PLAIN AND SIMPLE ANSWER … Is a Waterpik as effective in removing food and particles from between teeth and around the gum line as good as dental flossing? No!

That being said, it is a great way to dislodge and loosen up pieces of food from between the teeth, especially while wearing braces; so can be a great tool for home care while wearing braces but will NOT take the place of traditional floss.  At Burrow and Welchel Orthodontics, we want to stress the importance of both brushing and flossing during treatment to maintain good dental health. If you want to use a Waterpik, that’s great, just don’t use it as a substitute for flossing.

Check out Dr. Sam Burrow on YouTube channel discussing the topic of the waterpik and its place in the orthodontic world. 

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What Toothbrush is Right for me during my Orthodontic Treatment? https://www.charlotteorthodontists.com/what-toothbrush-is-right-for-me-during-my-orthodontic-treatment/ Thu, 30 Apr 2020 20:19:25 +0000 https://www.charlotteorthodontists.com/?p=30470 The post What Toothbrush is Right for me during my Orthodontic Treatment? appeared first on Burrow & Welchel Orthodontics.

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In the marketplace today the average customer is bombarded with commercials, online and print Ads along with all other forms of media about how they should brush their teeth! And it is big business. The numbers themselves show that if everyone was doing what they were supposed to do, each member of every house hold would have a toothbrush that they used 2x a day and replaced every 3 months (now we do know that everyone doesn’t  follow the rules but you get what I’m saying, a lot of toothbrushes are sold!) So which one is right for you!? And does it change if you are in orthodontics treatment? The short answer is no. However, will depend on different factors: your budget, your dexterity and mainly your habits.  

The electric toothbrush: This will be the most pricey but has the advantage of “doing more of the work” for you. Meaning you simply turn the brush on and let it work. Another advantage I have seen with some of these electric tooth brushes is they can have timers on them to remind us that when brushing our teeth 2 minutes can feel like 10! So if you are the type that rushes through your brushing this might be a good built in mechanism to get your time up.  People with limited dexterity might also find the electric toothbrush to be more effective to reach and clean all areas of the mouth. In terms of your habits we have found that if a patient has a hard time getting in the habit of brushing their teeth, the sensation of the electric tooth brush can be more enjoyable and leave the patient with a better feeling when finished and thus will be more likely to build the habit of brushing more. 

Manual Tooth brush: This is going to be the more economical route and for convince patients can buy in bulk to help remember to replace them at month 3. There are now companies, which are reasonable priced, and will send you a new brush every 2-3 months reminding you to throw away your current one and replace. The manual tooth brush has all the capabilities of the electric however takes more thoughtful work by the patient. Technique is more sensitive and making sure you have the dexterity to accomplish cleaning in all areas is important. 

So which one do I use with Orthodontic treatment!? In short, as long as you use the methods and techniques we teach you at Burrow and Welchel Orthodontics either type can bring you great results. If you are wearing braces we do remind you that this increases the surface area that plaque, food and debris can get lodged and that it is crucial to maintain great oral hygiene.  I personally recommend what I use, an electric toothbrush, just because it is a bit more consistent and I find that by the toothbrush doing some of the work it can increase efficiency. The great news is because the industry is so big we can now get these electric tooth brushes for great prices, as low as $10. Next time you’re at your orthodontist office make sure to ask them what they recommend, and if you can’t get an answer maybe just ask them what they use! 

Should I get a waterpik?!! Check out my next blog post where I discuss the supplemental products you can use with your orthodontic care. 

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Rock Hill, SC, Orthodontists Give Advice on Dealing with Poking Braces Wires https://www.charlotteorthodontists.com/rock-hill-sc-orthodontists/ https://www.charlotteorthodontists.com/rock-hill-sc-orthodontists/#respond Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:54:36 +0000 http://www.charlotteorthodontists.com/?p=28818 The post Rock Hill, SC, Orthodontists Give Advice on Dealing with Poking Braces Wires appeared first on Burrow & Welchel Orthodontics.

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Once you make the decision to get braces, our Rock Hill, SC, orthodontists say there are certain responsibilities to keep in mind. When you have braces, regular brushing, flossing, and eating a proper diet are just a few of the ways to maintain braces. Sometimes, even with the best care, wires can poke the inside of your mouth, irritating your lips and rubbing sores. When this happens there are a few tips you should follow.

Tip #1 – Prevention is Key

As with most things in life, prevention is key when dealing with braces. Since it’s not uncommon for the wires in your braces to poke the inside of your mouth, making sure you do everything you can to prevent it from happening is a great idea. For starters, avoid eating hard and chewy foods that can cause brackets and wires to break. Things like hard candies, gum, and pretzels should be avoided.

Tip #2 – Orthodontic Wax

You should have been given orthodontic wax when you had your braces put in place. This wax is intended to act as a barrier between your braces and the inside of your mouth. It’s a good idea to use wax until your mouth gets used to the braces, but it will also help if you end up with a pokey wire or a broken bracket. Apply a small bit on the problem area to give your mouth relief from irritation and make it easier to function until you can see an orthodontic professional. Make sure to remove the wax prior to eating or brushing, and apply clean wax afterward.

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Tip #3 – See a Professional for Help

Regardless of whether you have a broken bracket or just a pokey wire, the best way to deal with any braces-related issue is to contact one of our offices for help. Although the steps above can help you at home, professional guidance is needed to ensure your braces remain intact and any irritation you’re dealing with is resolved. If you’re experiencing a sore, irritated mouth from your braces, then call one of our orthodontic office locations today!

The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other topics related to orthodontics, feel free to contact Burrow and Welchel Orthodontics by calling 704.334.7202 to reach our offices in Charlotte and Steele Creek, NC, or 803.701.9202 to reach our office in Rock Hill, SC. You may also click here to use our convenient online form.

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When it comes to matters of your teeth, our orthodontists say all Charlotte, NC, orthodontic treatment is not the same! Keep reading for expert advice on choosing the best orthodontist for your needs.

Look for an Orthodontist with Credentials

First and foremost, it’s important to choose a professional with the correct education and credentials. Orthodontists are dentists who undergo an additional two to three years of education after dental school. They go through extensive training on jaw function, tooth movement, and how they work together to become experts in the field and gain the knowledge necessary to provide you with a straight, healthy smile.

Beyond the proper education, looking for an orthodontist who is board-certified and takes continuing education courses on a regular basis is recommended. Because the field is ever-changing, orthodontists must stay up-to-date on the latest industry treatments and advancements. Find a professional who fits these criteria to get a head start on your healthy smile.

Choose an Experienced Orthodontist

Because earning a degree isn’t enough, our orthodontists also suggest looking at experience when choosing a professional. An experienced orthodontist should be able to provide you with examples of their work. Before and after pictures are great tools to gauge the ability of an orthodontist. They should also be able to show you upfront what your teeth will look like after treatment. Orthodontic treatment is important and if you’re working with a professional who can’t provide you with these items, then we recommend looking at other options

All Charlotte, NC, Orthodontic Treatment Is Not the Same – Our Orthodontists Explain Why

Your Oral Health is at Risk

Orthodontic treatment affects the health of your whole mouth. If you choose an uneducated or inexperienced orthodontist, then you run the risk of receiving poor treatment. When orthodontic treatment is done incorrectly, it can lead to issues like receding gums, chipping or cracking of the teeth, or even worse, temporomandibular disorder (TMD). Contact our office today for more information or to schedule a consultation.

The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other topics related to orthodontics, feel free to contact Burrow and Welchel Orthodontics by calling 704.334.7202 to reach our offices in Charlotte and Steele Creek, NC, or 803.701.9202 to reach our office in Rock Hill, SC. You may also click here to use our convenient online form.

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Steele Creek, NC, Orthodontists Answer – What Is an Early Evaluation? https://www.charlotteorthodontists.com/steel-creek-nc-orthodontists/ https://www.charlotteorthodontists.com/steel-creek-nc-orthodontists/#respond Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:49:45 +0000 http://www.charlotteorthodontists.com/?p=28814 The post Steele Creek, NC, Orthodontists Answer – What Is an Early Evaluation? appeared first on Burrow & Welchel Orthodontics.

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Even though the majority of patients our Steele Creek, NC, orthodontists see are teenagers and adults, it’s important for everyone to understand the significance of early evaluation for children. Many parents put off early orthodontic evaluation for a variety of reasons, but if you have a child, it’s a crucial step toward providing them with a lifelong healthy smile and increased self-confidence.

What Is an Early Evaluation?

If you take a look around, you may notice that many more children have braces today than in past years. This is largely due to advancements in the world of modern orthodontics and the rise of early evaluation treatment. Also known as interceptive orthodontics, early evaluation offers treatment that begins while a child is still growing. Our orthodontists use early evaluation to help a child’s teeth grow into the proper position, plus address any dental problems or jaw irregularities early on, while the primary teeth are present

When Does Your Child Need an Early Evaluation?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children see an orthodontist by the age of seven. Why age seven? According to our Steele Creek, NC, orthodontists, this is the age when bite issues become noticeable as permanent, adult teeth begin to erupt.

You may notice your child’s teeth growing in crooked, overcrowding, or even extra space between teeth. There are also certain cases when teeth may protrude or even be missing. These dental issues can happen naturally or as a result of oral habits, like thumb-sucking and mouth breathing. Early evaluation allows an orthodontic professional to assess your child’s specific needs

See Our Steele Creek, NC, Orthodontists for More Information

In many cases, braces are still needed later in life, but early evaluation can shorten and simplify the process. It’s important to note that not all dental issues are treatable through early orthodontic evaluation, so contact our office for more information or to schedule a consultation for your child. We’re always ready to help you or your child achieve your best smiles!

The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other topics related to orthodontics, feel free to contact Burrow and Welchel Orthodontics by calling 704.334.7202 to reach our offices in Charlotte and Steele Creek, NC, or 803.701.9202 to reach our office in Rock Hill, SC. You may also click here to use our convenient online form.

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When it comes to your oral health, our orthodontists want you to know it’s never too late to take steps toward a healthier smile. Whether you’re 16 or 65, your teeth are vital to your overall health and need the proper attention to last throughout your lifetime. Early intervention is best, but many adults choose to live with misaligned teeth simply because they don’t want all that unsightly metal in their mouths. Fortunately, modern advancements in orthodontics mean you have options for correcting your teeth. Keep reading to learn about discreet adult braces options.

Invisalign®

Invisalign is a revolutionary leap in orthodontic technology that lets you straighten your teeth without your friends and family noticing! Our orthodontists are Platinum Providers of Invisalign and have helped numerous patients improve the health and appearance of their smiles with this extraordinary alternative to braces. Invisalign uses clear aligners, so you can enjoy a nearly invisible way to straighten your teeth, plus no brackets or wires means increased comfort.

Clear Braces

Another popular alternative to metal braces are clear braces. Clear braces are a great way to achieve a less noticeable, healthier smile. You’ll love the natural look of these smooth, sculpted, and completely clear braces, which will not stain or discolor, and which can be blended in with your unique tooth shade. Clear braces offer our patients the look they want, with the functionality of traditional metal braces.

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The above options for braces offer multiple benefits and are all effective ways to achieve a straight smile, no matter your age. Which type will work best for you will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Contact our office today for more information, or to schedule a consultation.

The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other topics related to orthodontics, feel free to contact Burrow and Welchel Orthodontics by calling 704.334.7202 to reach our offices in Charlotte and Steele Creek, NC, or 803.701.9202 to reach our office in Rock Hill, SC. You may also click here to use our convenient online form.

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Making the decision to put your oral health first is monumental, especially if you’ve been on the fence and weighing your options for some time. If this is the case, then you’ve likely researched area professionals as well as treatment methods like revolutionary Invisalign. This discreet treatment option has loads to offer, including a beautiful smile in less time. Before taking the new-smile plunge, there are several things our Charlotte, NC, orthodontists want you to consider, however.

Is Invisalign Right for You?

When it comes to matters of your teeth, it’s important to arm yourself with as much information as you can prior to choosing a treatment method. With a variety of available options, our orthodontists say each one has unique benefits and is ideal for a specific patient type. Invisalign, for example, is groundbreaking and offers benefits that appeal to many, but it’s not for everyone. There are certain pros and cons to keep in mind:

Invisalign Pros

  • Virtually invisible – Discreet treatment option uses clear aligners
  • Removable – Aligners are easy to clean, no change in diet necessary
  • Comfortable fit – No poking wires or brackets
  • Safe to Use – BPA-free plastic
  • Typically less treatment time and fewer visits – Results in 12-18 months

Invisalign Cons

  • Requires self-discipline – Aligners must be worn 22 hours a day to achieve desired results
  • Aligners must be removed prior to eating and brushing after every meal is required to avoid staining
  • Not ideal for patients with bridgework or those who require vertical tooth movement

See Our Charlotte, NC, Orthodontists for More Information About Invisalign

There’s plenty more to learn about Invisalign and our board-certified orthodontists are always ready to help you assess your treatment options, plus provide you with everything you need to know to make an informed decision. If you’re in need of orthodontic treatment, then contact our office today! We take a consultative approach to treatment, which means you’ll be involved in the decision-making process from the start. Our top priority is to ensure you’re comfortable with every aspect of treatment before beginning.

The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other topics related to orthodontics, feel free to contact Burrow and Welchel Orthodontics by calling 704.334.7202 to reach our offices in Charlotte and Steele Creek, NC, or 803.701.9202 to reach our office in Rock Hill, SC. You may also click here to use our convenient online form.

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The Benefits Of Aligning Teeth With Removable Aligners https://www.charlotteorthodontists.com/the-benefits-of-aligning-teeth-with-removable-aligners/ https://www.charlotteorthodontists.com/the-benefits-of-aligning-teeth-with-removable-aligners/#respond Thu, 26 Apr 2018 10:36:39 +0000 http://www.charlotteorthodontists.com/?p=28075 If you live in the Charlotte area and desire straighter teeth, Burrow & Welchel Orthodontics is the place for you. At Burrow & Welchel Orthodontics, our orthodontists in Charlotte, NC offer a full range of services to help patients achieve a beautiful smile and optimal dental health. The Invisalign system is one of our most […]

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If you live in the Charlotte area and desire straighter teeth, Burrow & Welchel Orthodontics is the place for you. At Burrow & Welchel Orthodontics, our orthodontists in Charlotte, NC offer a full range of services to help patients achieve a beautiful smile and optimal dental health. The Invisalign system is one of our most popular treatment options for straightening adult teeth with clear, removable aligners. Take a look at the benefits of Invisalign and how you can get started with achieving straighter teeth today.

Benefits of Invisalign

  • Invisalign is comfortable.
    Unlike traditional braces — made of brackets and wires that can poke or rub your mouth — Invisalign aligners are made of smooth, custom-fitted plastic that fit comfortably over your teeth.

    The process of moving your teeth with removable aligners is also less intense compared to metal braces, which require frequent in-office adjustments to wires and bands. With Invisalign, you simply substitute your aligners every couple of weeks as they apply gentle pressure to gradually move your teeth.

  • Invisalign is practically invisible.
    If you already feel self-conscious about your teeth’s appearance, then you will probably feel even less confident wearing braces that draw attention to your teeth.

    A distinct advantage of Invisalign over other teeth-straightening methods is that it is virtually invisible. Instead of brackets and wires, Invisalign uses a series of plastic, clear aligners that blend with your natural smile. Patients love Invisalign’s transparent, retainer-like appearance, and it will be difficult for anyone to notice that you are straightening your teeth with invisible braces.

  • Invisalign is convenient.
    Invisalign aligners don’t interfere with your life. Whether you have a school dance or an important work presentation, you can remove the aligners as needed as long as you wear them for the prescribed number of hours every day.

    Since you can remove your aligners before you eat, you can enjoy the foods you want without diet restrictions. And when you are finished eating, you can brush and floss your teeth before placing the removable aligners back on your teeth.

  • Invisalign is effective.
    Invisalign removable aligners work. While traditional braces are still a widely used form
    of orthodontia in our office, not everyone requires the extensive treatment that metal braces provide. In most cases, Invisalign removable braces benefit patients without complex bite issues.

    Invisalign and removal aligners are a preferred method for adults and teens who are looking for a fast and effective fix for their mild dental issues, including gapped teeth, crowded teeth, overbites, underbites and crossbites.

Is Invisalign Right for You?

The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign invisible aligners is to schedule a complimentary visit with our practice. Our team will meet with you to understand your goals for treatment, assess your current bite issues and work with you to create a customized plan that matches your treatment goals.

Drs. Burrow and Welchel are recognized as the “Best in Charlotte,” and bring an unparalleled level of experience and expertise to the field to provide the best possible care for our patients. Contact our office today to learn more about removable aligners and braces in Charlotte.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

dr sam burrow Dr Sam Burrow D.D.S., D.M.D. – Dr. Burrow was born in Charlotte and moved to Charleston to obtain a Bachelors of Science in Biology at the College of Charleston. He graduated magna cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, and then stayed to earn a D.M.D. with honors at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Burrow completed his orthodontic residency at University of Detroit Mercy in Michigan and is now in practice with his father at Burrow Orthodontics in the Charlotte area.

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Top Questions To Ask At Your Orthodontist Consultation https://www.charlotteorthodontists.com/top-questions-to-ask-at-your-orthodontist-consultation/ https://www.charlotteorthodontists.com/top-questions-to-ask-at-your-orthodontist-consultation/#respond Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:33:44 +0000 http://www.charlotteorthodontists.com/?p=28072 If you’re dealing with dental problems that require the specialized care of an orthodontist, you’ll want to find an experienced orthodontist who offers the quality care you need. Before trusting someone with your teeth, you’ll want to get some more information. Here’s a look at some of the important questions to ask an orthodontist during […]

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If you’re dealing with dental problems that require the specialized care of an orthodontist, you’ll want to find an experienced orthodontist who offers the quality care you need. Before trusting someone with your teeth, you’ll want to get some more information.

Here’s a look at some of the important questions to ask an orthodontist during a consultation. If you have additional orthodontic consultation questions and you live in the Charlotte area, contact Burrow & Welchel Orthodontics today.

Top Seven Questions

CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND?
One of the important things to ask an orthodontist in an interview is about his or her background. Ask about the orthodontist’s education. He or she should have completed three additional years of orthodontic specialty training. Keep in mind, the level of education and the orthodontist’s amount of experience can vary. Find out more about the orthodontist’s background by asking:

  • Where did you go to dental school?
  • Where did you complete your orthodontic specialty residence?
  • How long have you been practicing?

WHAT TREATMENT OPTIONS DO YOU SUGGEST, AND WHAT RESULTS WILL THEY ACHIEVE?
Find out what orthodontic options the orthodontist suggests for your condition. You also need to ask what results can be expected, since expectations can differ from the services he or she provides.

You and your orthodontist need to be on the same page, and you need to make sure you communicate what exactly you want addressed. Emphasize results and get an idea of what treatment options are available to achieve the results you want.

WHAT ARE OTHER ORTHODONTIC OPTIONS I CAN CONSIDER?
Orthodontists generally offer a suggested course of treatment during the consultation. Ask the orthodontist to walk you through this treatment, and then ask about alternative orthodontic treatments, if they’re available. You may also want to ask about the pros and cons of the specific treatment modalities.

WHAT CHANGES WILL I NEED TO MAKE DURING TREATMENT?
There are many things to ask an orthodontist before getting braces or going forward with any other type of treatment. Find out what changes you’ll need to make during treatment or what changes you may experience during treatment.

Some treatments may affect your talking or chewing. You may need to make some changes to your oral habits, as well.

DO YOU HAVE SIMILAR CASES YOU CAN SHOW ME?
Your case is unique, and even if the orthodontist is experienced and well-educated, he or she may not know how to treat every case.

Ask to see some photos of past work, particularly of similar cases. This can allow you to see the orthodontist’s quality of work, and determine if he or she can achieve the results you want.

HOW LONG WILL MY TREATMENT TAKE?
Be sure to ask how long treatment will take — it’s one of the most common questions patients ask.

The average time for orthodontic treatment is two years, but each case is different. Find out about the estimated treatment duration and ask how often you’ll need to be seen throughout the treatment process.

WHAT IS THE COST OF ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT?
The cost of orthodontic treatment is your bottom line. It’s common for different orthodontists to charge differently. Don’t just ask about the cost, but find out what’s included in the cost.

Will you need to pay more if your treatment takes longer than originally expected? Will you have to pay for regular visits on top of the cost of treatment?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

dr sam burrow Dr Sam Burrow D.D.S., D.M.D. – Dr. Burrow was born in Charlotte and moved to Charleston to obtain a Bachelors of Science in Biology at the College of Charleston. He graduated magna cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, and then stayed to earn a D.M.D. with honors at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Burrow completed his orthodontic residency at University of Detroit Mercy in Michigan and is now in practice with his father at Burrow Orthodontics in the Charlotte area.

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