Choosing the Right Orthodontist

Choosing an orthodontic specialist to trust with creating a beautiful smile is an important decision. Orthodontic treatment can sometimes be a potentially long process, so you’ll want to be sure you or your child are completely comfortable with the doctor and staff you’ve chosen. Your experience is something you’ll remember your entire life, so you’ll want to be sure it’s something to smile about.

Ask for recommendations from those you trust

Choosing an orthodontic specialist can seem like a difficult task when you’ve not been through it before, so it’s always a good idea to ask for recommendations from those you know and trust who have already been through it. Friends, co-workers and family members will likely be more than happy to share their experiences. Your general dentist can also provide a referral to the orthodontist that they would choose. It’s good to ask them which orthodontist they would choose for their children and family members.

Education and experience are important

Once you’re gotten some recommendations of orthodontic specialists. Find out a little about their educational background, like where they went to school and the continuing education or specialty training they’ve attended. Before you set up an initial exam with an orthodontist, make sure they are a member of the American Association of Orthodontists. AAO members must be licensed and remain up-to-date with continuing education to ensure they are current on the newest and most effective treatment.

Ask questions

During your initial consultation, be sure to ask any questions you might have. It’s very important for you to fully understand the type of orthodontic issues you’re dealing with and the most effective treatment. The more informed you are, the better you will be able to make a confident decision.

A few considerations:

  • Are the doctor and staff eager to make your experience personal and comfortable or will you be “just a number?”
  • Is the office convenient to work, home, and school?
  • Is the practice a full-time practice, or are they only available on limited days and times?
  • What types of insurance does the office work with?
  • Does the office work to make orthodontic treatment affordable with various payment options?