Finding the Right Orthodontist
Finding a good orthodontist isn’t always easy, but you can always seek recommendations from others. 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. It’s good to have at least two or three prospects so you can compare before choosing.
Below are the factors to consider as you decide on an orthodontist:
Education and Experience
Know your prospect’s educational background, including where they finished their degree and the what continuing education or specialty training they have undertaken. 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 to go with someone who is updated with the newest and most effective 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 certain treatments or products that others will not. The lengths of their treatment time and their costs can also vary significantly.
Certainly, the orthodontist’s personality will matter as well. Is their presence comfortable to you? 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 should know the specific orthodontic issue or issues involved in your case, and how they can be resolved in the best way possible. If you’re well-informed about your dental health, you can make better decisions.
The following are some of the key points you need to consider:
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?
Will they accept your insurance and do they offer financing options?
Are the orthodontist and staff warm and friendly, or do you just treat you like a business?
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 probably know, this field of dentistry requires specialization, and that is what orthodontists possess. 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.