How to Choose an Orthodontist
Selecting an orthodontist can be daunting if you haven’t been through the process before, but you can always ask for others’ recommendations. Your friends, relatives or coworkers will probably be happy to help. Your general dentist can also be a good source of information.
Another option you have is searching 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:
Background 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 you even call them to set up a consultation, see if they are a 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 their own unique treatment styles, which is but one more reason you should have more than a single 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. Are you comfortable around them? Are they attentive to your needs? The attitude of the staff sure counts too. 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 need to understand the specific orthodontic problem or problems you have, and what treatments will be the best. 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?
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?
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 probably know, this field of dentistry requires specialization, and that is what orthodontists possess. 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.