How to Choose an Orthodontist
Finding a good orthodontist isn’t always easy, but you can always seek recommendations from others. People are usually happy to lend a helping hand. 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.
Here are considerations to make when deciding on an orthodontist:
Educational and Experiential Background
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 arranging a consultation with anyone, check if they are a licensed 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 different treatment styles, which is just one more reason to have more than one prospect. They may offer certain treatments or products that others will not. They may also require varying lengths of treatment time and costs.
Definitely, the personality of the orthodontist is a factor as well. Are you comfortable around them? Are they attentive to your needs? The staff’s attitude does matter as well. 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. The more you know about your dental health, the better your decisions will be.
Below are some of the most crucial considerations you should make:
Will your treatment be handled by the orthodontist himself or his assistants?
Is the office located conveniently with respect to your home or workplace?
Do they open before or after regular business hours?
What financing options are available, if any, and will they take your insurance?
Are the orthodontist and staff sincere in dealing with you?
No matter what your orthodontic problems are, it’s best to choose an orthodontist instead of just your typical dentist. As you may know, this branch of dentistry requires specialization, which is what orthodontists have. 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. For the safest and most effective results, you can’t trust someone who isn’t a specialist.