Finding a Good Orthodontist
Choosing an orthodontist can be daunting for first-timers, so it’s often good to ask for recommendations from those who’ve been through the process. Most people are happy to share their positive experiences. Your general dentist can also provide referrals.
Another option you have is running a local search online. Two or three prospects is good for comparison before you make your final choice.
Below are the factors to consider as you decide on an orthodontist:
Education and Experience
Know where your prospective orthodontist finished their dental medicine degree and what continuing education or specialty training they have. Of course, before arranging a consultation with anyone, check if they are a licensed member of the American Association of Orthodontists. You want someone who is up-to-date with the latest in orthodontic procedures, technologies and other developments.
Orthodontists have unique treatment styles, and that is one of the most important reasons you should consider more than one prospect. They may offer you treatment or product options that may be unavailable with others. The lengths of their treatment time and their costs can also vary significantly.
Certainly, the orthodontist’s personality is a factor too. Is their presence comfortable to you? Are they attentive to your needs? The attitude of the staff sure counts too. By visiting different dental offices, there’s a greater chance you’ll find a high quality orthodontist who won’t charge you a fortune.
On your first consultation with a dentist, ask as many questions as you feel you need to. That’s actually what you’re supposed to do while you’re there. You should know the specific orthodontic issue or issues involved in your case, and how they can be resolved in the best way possible. The more you know about your dental health, the better your decisions will be.
Below are some of the most crucial considerations you should make:
Will your treatment be handled by the orthodontist himself or his assistants?
Is the office’ location convenient enough for you?
Can they extend their business hour, either before or after?
Will they accept your insurance and do they offer financing options?
Do you feel the sincerity of the orthodontist and the staff when dealing with you?
Whatever orthodontic problems you may be dealing with, choosing an orthodontist rather than a regular dentist is a step in the right direction. As you may know, this branch of dentistry requires specialization, which is what orthodontists have. Before becoming a qualified orthodontist, dentists have to undertake two to three years of additional training and then pass the national board exam to get their license. If you want safe and effective results, you can only trust a specialist.