Choosing an orthodontist for you and your family is an important decision. Braces are a serious commitment, so you want to make sure you and your child are comfortable with the doctor and staff. Selecting the right orthodontic practice can make the overall experience and treatment better, as well as resulting in more beautiful smiles and improved self-esteem.
To begin your search for a qualified orthodontist, ask your family dentist, friends, co-workers and family for recommendations. Once you have identified several potential practices, you should schedule an initial consultation and come prepared with a list of questions to consider. The following is a list of questions you may want to include:
- What is the extent of your educational training in orthodontics?
How long have you been in practice?
- Are you a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and Board Certified by the American Board of Orthodontists?
- Who oversees treatment, the doctor or the assistants?
- Do you have extended hours before or after school and work?
- What type of treatment options do you offer?
- Do you offer alternatives to traditional metal braces, such as Invisalign?
- How long do you anticipate treatment to take from start to finish?
- What type of follow-up is included after braces are removed?
Can you provide references from past patients?
Because you will be visiting your orthodontist on a regular basis for follow-up visits, location is also an important consideration when choosing a practice. Proximity to the office can mean less time away from work or school. Finally, it is of vital importance that you select an orthodontic practice that makes you and your family feel welcome and comfortable. Taking the time to research thoroughly and select the best orthodontist will ensure a positive treatment experience and result in a lifetime of beautiful smiles.