Is there something “not quite right” about your teeth? Are you hesitant to come into our office to let me take a look? You aren’t alone! Another member of our dental family faced the same dilemma. She had a problem that worried her every day until she took that important first step and made an appointment for an evaluation. Now her problem has been solved.
Identify the Problem — Identify the Solution — Take Action!
As a teenager, Mary (pseudonym to protect privacy) had orthodontic treatment to straighten her teeth and correct her bite. Over the years since that treatment was completed, her lower front (anterior) teeth drifted together and became crowded. Mary was concerned because the crowding was interfering with her ability to properly clean her teeth. Mary knew that the inability to clean the teeth could lead to decay and gum disease.
Mary admits that she hesitated to come in for an evaluation for several reasons. She is somewhat anxious about dental procedures in general and she was concerned about the length of time she might have to devote to corrective care. Finally, she wasn’t sure about the financial commitment that might be required.
Happily, Mary eventually scheduled an appointment to discuss her concerns. I devised a treatment plan based on her evaluation and addressed her concerns about time and our fee. She decided to go forward with orthodontic treatment.
Treatment was completed a short five and a half months after we began! Mary is thrilled with the outcome. She finds it much easier to brush and floss her lower front teeth, and her concerns about the risk of decay and gum disease have been greatly reduced. She can continue her commitment to maintaining excellent oral hygiene much more easily now.
Is It Time for You to Follow Mary’s Example?
Although we often associate dental treatment, including orthodontics, with the “teeth we can see,” more often, treatment is actually needed for improved oral health, and any cosmetic improvements are a “bonus.”
If you have teeth that might need orthodontic treatment or some other procedure, you are wise to take the first step and schedule an evaluation with our office sooner rather than later. As we see in Mary’s case, treatment can often be completed in less time than might be anticipated and at a cost that is reasonable. And treating any issues now helps avoid future complications.
If you can relate to Mary’s journey, or have completely different concerns, contact our office today to schedule an evaluation. We are excited to help you on the road to better oral health.