Choosing an Orthodontist
Choosing an orthodontist for you or a family member is an important decision since you’ll likely be visiting that doctor for a good period of time. Here are some things to consider when selecting an orthodontist.
1. The doctor is a licensed orthodontist
You may happen to come across general dentists in your community who offer orthodontic treatments; however, an orthodontist has extensive training specifically in straightening teeth and correcting bites. In addition to dental school, orthodontists go through three years of specialty training.
2. The orthodontist has credibility
While you’re searching for candidates to provide you and your family with treatment, research the experiences of others. If an orthodontist’s name was a referral from a satisfied patient, that’s a good start. Online reviews can also provide common observations from patients.
3. Your free consultation should develop trust
Orthodontists typically offer a free consultation where the doctor examines the patient’s situation and presents some guidelines for a course of treatment. This visit can also help you determine if you feel comfortable in the office.
4. The doctor embraces technology
There are many different options in today’s world in terms of the types of orthodontic treatment available thanks to evolving technology. These improvements mean great things for patients: more comfort, less conspicuous orthodontics, more accurate diagnoses, shorter treatment times, and better outcomes. An orthodontist that keeps up with the changes in the field will mean you or your child will reap the benefits of modern technology.
5. The cost of treatment works for you
Finding the cheapest option for orthodontic care is not always in your best interest. You may want to choose a practice that offers affordable financing, payment plans or participate in payment programs.
Most orthodontists are good at what they do from a medical perspective, but healthcare is also a personal matter. There are plenty of orthodontic providers out there, so choose one that treats you well, acts like they want your business, and makes you feel special.
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