Finding a Good 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 running a local search online. Two or three prospects is good for comparison before you make your final choice.
As you decide on an orthodontist, consider the following:
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 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. They will most probably have different costs and varying treatment times.
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.
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 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.
The following are some of the key points you need to consider:
Is the orthodontist going to handle your treatment or an assistant?
How convenient is the location of the office?
Can they extend their business hour, either before or after?
What financing options are available, if any, and will they take your insurance?
Are the orthodontist and staff sincere in 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.