Finding a Good 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 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 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 will most probably have different costs and varying treatment times.
Definitely, the personality of the orthodontist is a factor as well. Do they make you feel comfortable in their presence? 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.
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 informed you are, the better you can decide.
The following are some of the key points you need to consider:
Will your treatment be handled by the orthodontist himself or his assistants?
Is the office’ location convenient enough for you?
Are they usually open out of business hours?
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?
Whatever orthodontic problems you may be dealing with, choosing an orthodontist rather than a regular dentist is a step in the right direction. 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.