Finding the Right Orthodontist
Selecting an orthodontist can be daunting if you haven’t been through the process before, but you can always ask for others’ recommendations. Most people are happy to share their positive experiences. Your general dentist can also provide referrals.
Another option you have is searching online. It’s good to have at least two or three prospects so you can compare before choosing.
As you decide on an orthodontist, consider the following:
Educational and Experiential Background
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 can have their own unique treatment styles, which is but one more reason you should have more than a single prospect. They may give you specific treatments or products as options, while others may not. The lengths of their treatment time and their costs can also vary significantly.
Definitely, the personality of the orthodontist is a factor as well. Is their presence comfortable to you? Do they pay attention to your concerns? Even the attitude of the staff counts. By checking out different dental offices, you have a better chance of finding a good orthodontist who fits your budget.
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. The more you know about your dental health, the better your decisions will be.
The following are some of the key points you need to consider:
Will your treatment be handled by the orthodontist himself or his assistants?
How convenient is the location of the office?
Are they usually open out of business hours?
What are the insurance options they offer, if any, and can they accept your insurance?
Are the orthodontist and staff sincere in 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. In other words, the best way to get orthodontic treatment is to get it from a specialist.