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 running a local search online. It’s good to have at least two or three prospects so you can compare before choosing.
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 call them to set up a consultation, see if they are a member of the American Association of Orthodontists. You need someone who is abreast with the newest orthodontic technologies, procedures and developments.
Orthodontists can have their own unique treatment styles, which is but one more reason you should have more than a single prospect. They may give you specific treatments or products as options, while others may not. They may also require varying lengths of treatment time and costs.
Certainly, the orthodontist’s personality is a factor too. Is their presence comfortable to you? Do they pay attention to your concerns? Even the attitude of the staff counts. By checking out different dental offices, you have a better chance of finding a good orthodontist who fits your budget.
When meeting a dentist for the first time, take the opportunity to ask questions. In fact, that’s what you’re supposed to do. You have to understand what specific orthodontic issue or issues you have, and what the most effective treatments are. The more informed you are, the better you can decide.
The following are some of the key points you need to consider:
Will be you be treated by the orthodontist himself or by his assistants?
How convenient is the location of the office?
Are they usually open out of business hours?
What financing options are available, if any, and will they take your insurance?
Are the orthodontist and staff warm and friendly, or do you just treat you like a business?
No matter what your orthodontic problems are, it’s best to choose an orthodontist instead of just your typical dentist. This area of dentistry, as you may already know, requires specialization, and that’s exactly what you can expect from an orthodontist. 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. If you want safe and effective results, you can only trust a specialist.