How to Know Which Orthodontist to Go To?
Choosing an orthodontist is quite a big decision, after all, you or your child will most likely need to see them multiple times or even for several years. After treatment is complete, you will still need to continue to see your orthodontist periodically because you must wear retainers to make sure your teeth don’t shift position once straightened, so it is very much a long-term relationship. It is essential to choose an orthodontist you trust to look after your dental health and who will provide you with the very best and most advanced teeth straightening solutions.
Don’t be afraid to spend some time searching around for someone suitable, even if you have already had a consultation with an orthodontist but still aren’t quite sure if they are the right choice. Choosing a great orthodontist can make the entire process of teeth straightening much more comfortable and enjoyable. Some general dentists do offer a limited range of orthodontic treatments, but ideally, you should look for a board-certified orthodontist in a practice dedicated to orthodontics. By choosing a board-certified orthodontist, you can be sure of receiving the most up-to-date and advanced orthodontic treatments utilizing a wide range of different orthodontic systems. Orthodontists can provide the type of specialized dental care not available in general dental offices.
Ask for Recommendations
One approach is to ask friends and family members for their recommendations as they will probably have already carried out some research before choosing someone suitable. Ask them why they particularly liked an orthodontist, for example, was it their qualifications, or were they recommended by someone else? A personal recommendation is worth a lot and the best orthodontists will have gained many of their patients through word-of-mouth.
Read Online Reviews
Another tactic is to read online reviews which can provide a surprising amount of information about the orthodontist and their team. They can also offer quite a lot of information about the orthodontic office and whether it is an enjoyable and pleasant place to visit. You can frequently find reviews on the orthodontist’s website or other online review sites.
Choose an Orthodontic Office That Is Conveniently Located
Choosing an orthodontic office that is conveniently located close to work or home will make it easier to arrange appointments. Be sure to check their office hours to make sure they fit in with your schedule. Also, look for somewhere that is close to public transport or which has plenty of parking. Good accessibility will help to reduce any stress associated with visits.
Read about Your Chosen Orthodontist’s Biography
Be sure to read your orthodontist’s biography on their website because this will tell you a great deal about their professional credentials and will give you a good feel as to whether they are an orthodontic professional that genuinely cares about their patients and the community in which they live. For example, some orthodontists are quite active in their local communities and dedicate time towards supporting local charities and volunteering their skills at non-profit clinics.
Finding out More about Treatment
Once you have narrowed down your choice of an orthodontist, then it’s time to visit the office and to meet with the orthodontist. During this initial consultation, you should discover which orthodontic options might be suitable for your needs. Your orthodontist can gently examine your teeth and jaws and will recommend a proper treatment plan. They will explain each choice using clear, easy to understand the terminology. The cost of each treatment should also be fully described and make sure you ask exactly what is covered. For example, you may need follow-up care including retainers after the braces are removed, and it is essential to know if these costs are included.
If your child is seeing the orthodontist, then it’s essential to make sure they feel comfortable. Ask your kid if they like the orthodontist and would be happy for him or her to help straighten their teeth. When a child is reluctant to see an orthodontist, then it can make treatment so much more difficult. A good orthodontist will go out of their way to help kids feel relaxed in the dental chair and will spend some time just getting to know them. They will also talk to the child to make sure they understand what is happening and why.
Are you happy with the treatment plan provided? Did you understand their explanations or feel comfortable asking questions? If the answer is yes, then you may have found your orthodontist, but there are still a few things to be determined. At this stage, it’s also worth taking a look around you to see if the rest of the staff seem friendly, and if the office looks clean, well-run, and adequately maintained.
Ask If They Provide References
Some orthodontists will provide references from past or current patients that may be written testimonials, or you might even have the chance to contact them. If you can, it could be worthwhile following up on some of these references and especially if you were not personally recommended to contact this orthodontist by a trusted friend or family member.
Do They Offer Financing or Accept Insurance?
Many people when first investigating the possibility of orthodontic treatment are concerned about the cost. In fact, the cost of orthodontic treatment can vary considerably, and it’s highly likely that a good orthodontist will have affordable braces options for the more price-conscious. It’s also worth enquiring if your orthodontist offers any payment plans as some have in-house financing options allowing you to comfortably spread the cost of treatment. An excellent orthodontic clinic will also help you claim back any expenses through dental insurance, working with you to help you file your insurance paperwork. They will even contact your insurers beforehand to discover how much of the costs of treatment can be claimed through your insurance provider. All these details help to make treatment much smoother and more amendable.
Here at Webster Orthodontics, we take a great deal of pride in ensuring everyone who visits Dr. Rich Webster, our orthodontist, has a positive experience at every visit. Our comfortable and friendly clinic offers a complete range of orthodontic treatments suitable for all ages. We firmly believe great dental care can and should be enjoyable.