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What to ask at your Initial Orthodontic Specialist Consultation

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AT GUTIERREZ ORTHODONTIC SPECIALIST THE INITIAL ORTHODONTIC CONSULTATION is a critical step in your orthodontic treatment process. One of the best things you can do to prepare is to think about the kinds of questions you want to ask the orthodontist. Here are just a few to get you started.

Is the Orthodontist Board Certified?

Dr.  Alex Gutierrez is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics.  Member of the American Association of Orhtodontist, Florida Association of Orthodontist, Southern Association of Orthodontics, The Academy of CranioFacial Palate, The Academy of Facial Esthethics.

How Long Will My Treatment Take?

Every patient has their own specific orthodontic needs, which means their treatment will be unique. Make sure to ask the orthodontist for an estimate on long your own treatment will take and what factors influence that timeline. The length and complexity of your treatment will also determine how much it costs.

How Do I Brush And Floss Around My Braces?

We sometimes take brushing and flossing our teeth for granted when we don’t have braces. It’s a fairly simple process to clean all of our teeth’s surfaces and get in between with a string of floss. With braces, it can be trickier, because there are many more places for pieces of food to get stuck, which also happen to be harder to reach with braces in the way. That’s why it’s important to ask the orthodontist for advice on how to keep your teeth clean with the braces on!  Our stellar team at both of our locations in South and North Tampa,Fl will guide you through the entire process to maintain you periodontal (gum) health.

What Foods Should I Avoid?

You may have heard of the banned foods list orthodontic patients have to follow, and there’s a good reason for that. Having braces can make it difficult or impossible to eat certain types of food comfortably, and some foods can actually put the appliance in danger of breaking. Make sure you leave your consultation knowing which foods you should leave off your grocery list during your orthodontic treatment.  One of the Advantages of is the ability to remove aligner eat, flush and brush as you normally would

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What Do I Do If Something Breaks?

Accidents happen to everyone, including orthodontic patients. A bracket may come loose or break, an archwire may snap, or any number of other complications could come up. It’s a good idea to get some early advice from the ortho on what to do in those kinds of situations so that you’ll be ready for them.  At our offices you have the ability to call or text through our Hippa Compliant Portal if you have any questions during treatment or in Case of an Emergency.

What Options Do I Have For My Treatment?

Because everyone’s teeth and situations are different, there is no one-size-fits-all solution in orthodontic treatment. Ask the Orthodontics Specialist if traditional braces are the most effective option for you, or if you might do better with a different approach, such as aligners such as Invisalign or 3m Clarity Aligners

How Can I Help My Teeth Move Into Place On Schedule?

Many factors besides the starting position of the teeth can impact the speed of orthodontic treatment, including the actions of the patient! Depending on what you do, your treatment can either finish on time or become delayed, so make sure you have a clear idea of what you need to do to stay on track!

Having questions is no reason to postpone your orthodontic treatment!

Call or Text us Today  With These And All Your Other Questions!

Here at Gutierrez Orthodontics, we can’t wait to start working with you on helping you reach your healthy, straight smile goals, and the first step is making sure all your questions are answered.  If you haven’t already scheduled your initial consultation, Call us today!  If your schedule is too busy check our our No Obligation Virtual Smile assesment by Texting our Hippa compliant Portal at 813-968-1611

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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    Tampa, FL 33612

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    Tampa, FL 33629

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