How to Choose an Orthodontist
Finding a good orthodontist isn’t always easy, but you can always seek recommendations from others. Your friends, relatives or coworkers will probably be happy to help. Your general dentist can also be a good source of information.
Searching locally online is another option you have . Two or three prospects is good for comparison before you make your final choice.
Here are considerations to make when deciding 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 you treatment or product options that may be unavailable with others. The lengths of their treatment time and their costs can also vary significantly.
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. Visiting different dental offices will increase your chances of finding an orthodontist who can provide quality service without breaking your budget.
On your first consultation with a dentist, ask as many questions as you feel you need to. In fact, that’s what you’re supposed to do. 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.
Here are some of the most important considerations to make:
Is the orthodontist going to handle your treatment or an assistant?
How convenient is the location of the office?
Are they usually open out of business hours?
Will they accept your insurance and do they offer financing options?
Are the orthodontist and staff sincere in dealing with you?
Choosing an orthodontist instead of a regular dentist is the best step you can take to correct whatever orthodontic issues you may have. As you may know, this branch of dentistry requires specialization, which is what orthodontists have. To become a qualified orthodontist, a dentist should finish take two or three additional years of training at an accredited university residency program, and then get their license after passing a national licensure exam. For the safest and most effective results, you can’t trust someone who isn’t a specialist.