Finding the Right Orthodontist
Selecting an orthodontist can be daunting if you haven’t been through the process before, but you can always ask for others’ recommendations. People are usually happy to lend a helping hand. Your general dentist can also provide referrals.
Another option you have is searching online. It’s great to have at least two or three prospects so you can have room for comparison before making your final choice.
Here are considerations to make when deciding on an orthodontist:
Education and Experience
Find out about your prospect’s educational background, including where they completed their degree in dental medicine, and what continuing education or specialty training they have. Of course, before you even set up a consultation with anyone, make sure 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 can have different treatment styles, which is just one more reason to have more than one prospect. They may offer certain treatments or products that others will not. They will most probably have different costs and varying treatment times.
Definitely, the personality of the orthodontist is a factor as well. Are you comfortable around them? Do they pay attention to your concerns? Even the attitude of the staff counts. By visiting different dental offices, there’s a greater chance you’ll find a high quality orthodontist who won’t charge you a fortune.
The first time you consult with a dentist, ask all the questions you may have in your mind. That’s actually what you’re supposed to do while you’re there. You have to understand what specific orthodontic issue or issues you have, and what the most effective treatments are. If you’re well-informed about your dental health, you can make better decisions.
Below are some of the most crucial considerations you should make:
Is the orthodontist going to handle your treatment or an assistant?
Is the office located conveniently with respect to your home or workplace?
Do they open before or after regular business hours?
What financing options are available, if any, and will they take your insurance?
Are the orthodontist and staff sincere in dealing with you?
No matter what your orthodontic problems are, it’s best to choose an orthodontist instead of just your typical dentist. As you may know, this branch of dentistry requires specialization, which is what orthodontists have. Before being a qualified orthodontist, a dentist must complete two to three extra years of training at an accredited university residency program, and then pass a national licensure test. In other words, the best way to get orthodontic treatment is to get it from a specialist.