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Keep in mind that your orthodontist practically becomes a member of the family during your treatment. At least that's the way it should feel. Orthodontists can vary in their treatment approach and manner, so ask lots of questions and make sure you feel comfortable. The first consultation is usually free; so do not hesitate to get a second opinion if you feel it is necessary.


According to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), orthodontists receive an additional two or three years of specialized education beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align and straighten teeth. Only those with this education may call themselves "orthodontists," and only orthodontists are eligible for membership in the AAO.

Questions to Ask

It is important to review all of your questions with your orthodontist prior to beginning treatment. Here are a few questions you might consider to get started:

  • What types of braces can I choose from?
  • How long have you been in practice?
  • How is my treatment cost determined?
  • Does your quote include all costs from beginning to end?
  • Are there additional fees during the treatment?
  • What follow-up is included after the braces are removed?
  • Can you help me research my insurance options?
  • Can you describe the procedures you will be using?
  • How long will I need to wear braces?
  • What are your most popular braces?
  • Do you provide references from past patients?

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