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December 2017

The Most Important Questions to Ask an Orthodontist Before Getting Braces

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smiling African-American woman wearing bracesIf you or someone in your family is considering orthodontics, you most likely have a few questions you’d like to ask before treatment begins. After all, it is a significant health-related decision, and it is important to fully understand the process. At Markham Orthodontics, we are always happy to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have. Today, we will discuss a few of the most important questions to ask an orthodontist before getting braces.

Which orthodontic option do you recommend for long-term health?

When patients attend their first orthodontic consultation, often, the primary concern on their minds is straightening their teeth. But did you know that orthodontics can address much, much more? When teeth are in proper alignment, they are protected from potential problems such as shifting, erosion, decay, gum disease, and more. If you are considering orthodontics, it is a good idea to undergo treatment that will improve aesthetics as well as health and function. At Markham Orthodontics, we have several options to choose from, including traditional metal braces, clear ceramic braces, and Invisalign®.

What are the pros and cons of each treatment option?

Many times, patients will have more than one choice when it comes to orthodontic treatment. Each option has its own set of unique advantages. To determine which treatment will be most conducive to your goals and lifestyle, ask the orthodontist to discuss the pros and cons of each.

What changes should I prepare for during treatment?

Depending on the type of braces you choose, you will most likely need to make lifestyle adjustments accordingly. Therefore, it is important to ask your orthodontist about any necessary dietary restrictions or hygiene recommendations. Knowing exactly what to expect is helpful when it comes to beginning treatment. We will do everything we can to make sure you are prepared.

How long will my treatment take?

Each patient is unique. Therefore, treatment times can vary for every individual. Ask your orthodontist approximately how long your treatment will take. He or she will have a fairly accurate idea after your initial consultation. The average orthodontic timeline lasts about 18 to 24 months. However, some patients may complete their treatment sooner, while others may need a bit longer.

Can you show me any similar cases?

Nearly every orthodontist has a myriad of before and after photographs. These can be especially helpful if you are curious to know how your teeth will look after treatment. Although no two patients are the same, your orthodontist will likely be able to show you some similar cases.

How frequent will my follow-up visits be?

During orthodontic treatment, you will need to visit our office for periodic adjustments and maintenance checks. The frequency of your follow-ups will depend on your unique situation. Patients who are wearing traditional or ceramic braces will probably need to see us approximately once a month. Those undergoing Invisalign treatment typically see us about every six weeks. This can vary for everyone, though.

Can you tell me about your background?

Don’t be afraid to ask your orthodontist about his or her educational background. Orthodontists require three years of additional specialty training once they graduate from a four-year dental school. It will also be helpful to select a board-certified orthodontist. Approximately 30 percent of all orthodontists in the United States complete board certification. Dr. Markham became board-certified in 2008 as a commitment to his patients and community.

Contact Us Today

If you are interested in learning more about orthodontics, schedule a consultation with us. At Markham Orthodontics, we are dedicated to making you feel at home and comfortable throughout your treatment. To schedule an appointment at our Sacramento, CA practice, contact us online or call us at (916) 924-8790.

Invisalign® vs Traditional Braces

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Markham Orthodontics | Orthodontist | Invisalign

Invisalign Or Traditional Braces?


The primary use of Invisalign is for cosmetic considerations and small tooth movements such as crowding or spacing of the front teeth. It is a convenient option because the aligner can be taken out whenever a patient wants, such as for eating or brushing and flossing teeth and it’s an esthetic option because clear aligners blend in with the teeth very well.


Compared to Invisalign, traditional braces are much more effective in treating complicated cases. Traditional braces move teeth much more effectively than Invisalign and help with tooth functionality in a way that Invisalign simply cannot match. Therefore, if a patient’s needs are more than a small esthetic fix to his or her front teeth, braces are usually the best solution.


If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign vs. traditional braces and to see if you are a candidate for either treatment, schedule an appointment with Dr. David Markham for a complimentary evaluation. Call our office today at (916) 924-8970.

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