Choosing an Orthodontist

By February 3, 2015Orthodontics

Invisalign ProcedureDeciding on an orthodontist is an important choice. Not only do you want to ensure the best possible results and a gorgeous smile, you’ll also be spending time with your doctor throughout the duration of your treatment. Do you want to know how to pick an orthodontist? We’ve got you covered. Here are some things to consider:

The Key Orthodontist Qualifications:

First and foremost, you want to make sure a potential orthodontist is qualified to do the do job. An orthodontist is a dentist who has gone through additional, specialized training. After receiving a bachelor’s degree an orthodontist will have completed six to seven more years of schooling. A certified orthodontist has received a doctorate from a dental school, underwent complete training post-dental school and has successfully passed all examinations. Don’t be afraid inquire about their training.

It doesn’t just end with a degree, however. Experience is important as well. You’ll want to determine what types of cases they’ve treated, how long they’ve been practicing and if they keep up with continuing education. Keep your needs in mind. You might require someone with an additional specialty in dentofacial orthopedics or if you’re interested in Invisalign or lingual braces, choose an orthodontist who has been trained in providing these treatments.

Important Things to Look For:

So, the orthodontist you have in mind is fully qualified. Now it’s on to the less tangible qualities. It all starts with the first phone call. The staff should be pleasant and accommodating. When you visit a top-notch practice, the team will be warm and friendly. They’ll answer all of your questions and put you at ease. A clean clinic with a welcoming atmosphere is essential. Though often overlooked, it’s also important to find an orthodontist who speaks in the language you’re most comfortable with to fully meet your needs.

To make sure you choose an orthodontist you like, talk to them! Kids, teens and even adults are often a little nervous about getting braces. For a low-stress process and positive orthodontist experience, a good rapport will go a long way. If the doctor is knowledgeable, listens to your concerns and goals and is upfront when it comes to the process, treatment options and costs, things will run much more smoothly. You should always leave the consultation feeling informed enough to make the treatment choice that is right for you.

Teens and kids can also help pick the orthodontist. Make sure your child or teen feels at ease during the consultation and the orthodontist is able to alleviate some of their fears and anxieties about treatment. Everyone should feel good when they visit the clinic. If the orthodontist is caring and empathetic, you’re on the right track.

Questions to ask an Orthodontist:

A main factor in how to choose a local orthodontist you can trust is asking questions. The doctor should be happy to answer and you can determine if they are the right orthodontist for you or your child. Here are some sample questions to get you started:

  • What kind of qualifications and training do you have?
  • How long have you been practicing?
  • What types of orthodontic cases have you treated?
  • What are your specialties?
  • Which types of treatments do you offer?
  • What are your office hours?
  • Do you accept insurance?
  • What type of payment plans are accepted?
  • Do you require a referral from a dentist?

 

Once you’ve received a consultation and you’re considering your treatment options you may want to ask:

  • What exactly needs to be addressed through treatment?
  • What are the pros and cons of each treatment option?
  • When is the best time for me, my child, or teen to start treatment?
  • Which option do you think will be the most effective and why?
  • How often will we need to visit?
  • How long will the treatment take?
  • How much will the treatment cost and how is this cost determined?
  • Are there any additional fees?
  • What do you do to encourage proper home care?
  • How do you handle braces emergencies?
  • What types of follow-up care do you provide (retainers, etc.)?

 

To find an orthodontist it’s often helpful to check out your neighborhood options, conduct some online searches and talk to friends and family. The bottom line is you should feel comfortable and confident when you visit the office. May we make a suggestion? Dr. Vishal Sharma of Aura Orthodontics is an experienced, knowledgeable and friendly Surrey orthodontist with an excellent track record. He’ll even let you grill him! Contact Aura Orthodontics today for a free consultation and you’ll see we’re the right fit for you.

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  • My kids are rapidly approaching the age for braces. I want to make sure I find an orthodontist who can give them the best care possible and make their smiles look great. I agree that you should let your kids have a hand in choosing which orthodontist they like. They are the ones who are going to be affected, and in the chair often, so they should be able to decide what they want.

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