Free consultations will be an important part of your search for a Montreal Orthodontist. During these free consultations, the orthodontist will examine your teeth and speak to you about your goals. They will come up with a recommended treatment plan along with estimated costs.
When meeting with your orthodontist for your free consultation, you should be looking to answer three main questions: education, recommendations and references.
In order to practice in the field of orthodontics, a Montreal Orthodontist must go through several additional years of training. One of the top schools for that training is the Universite de Montreal which offers a Masters specialization in orthodontics. In addition to their education, you will also want to see what associations they belong to. Some notable ones in Montreal include:
- The American Association of Orthodontists
- The Canadian Association of Orthodontists
- Quebec Association of Orthodontists
- The Royal College of Dentists
- Conseil des medecins, dentistes et pharmaciens of the CHU Ste-Justine
- Canadian Dental Association
Montreal Orthodontist Treatment Recommendations
After confirming their education (which you can usually find on their websites), you’ll want to find out important questions about the treatment that they recommend. The usual questions that we recommend you ask include:
- What do you recommend?
- Do I have any other options?
- Is surgery needed?
- How long will the treatment take?
- Do I need to take time off work? If so, how much time do I need to take off work?
- How many visits will I need over the course of the treatments?
- What happens in an emergency? How do I get a hold of you?
- How much will it cost?
- Does the cost include the cost of braces and additional fees?
- What kind of payment terms do you offer?
- Are there any discounts for paying a lump sum (we usually don’t recommend this except in the most basic of cases as you don’t want to be paying for treatment that you don’t need)?
- Do you offer Invisalign or Damon Braces?
Once you have answered the what, where and how, it’s also important to build more comfort in the skills of your Montreal Orthodontist. By now you should have a pretty good sense for how comfortable you are, but you should also make it a point to ask for references to other patients that have undergone similar treatments. Once you contact them, be sure to ask them about their experiences and the things that they wish they knew before starting treatment. Some of their tips (which you’ll find on this website) may be just what you need to be more comfortable!
Some other questions you might want to ask the references include:
- How many other orthodontists did you visit with?
- What types of treatment plans were proposed?
- Why did you choose this treatment option?
- Why did you choose this orthodontist?
- Would you go with this orthodontist again?
- If you had to do it over again, would you still go with this option?
- How uncomfortable were you in your first couple of weeks?
- How long did your treatment take?
- Is there anything I should know about that I haven’t asked?
Remember, your braces are going to be a part of you for a long time. They’re not cheap and can cause discomfort. The more research you do at this step, the more prepared you’ll be when visiting your Montreal Orthodontist!