9 Things to Know When Choosing An Orthodontist

Which Orthodontist Do I Choose?

  1. The obvious and easiest place to get started is with your current friends, neighbors and colleagues. If those friends and social contacts are parents, in particular, they are often great resources when you need to find an Orthodontist. Find out which Orthodontist they use and why… and, if they sought out multiple opinions why they didn’t choose a particular Orthodontist.
  1. At Reagin Orthodontics, we often hear from future patients that they have had great success by doing some background checking of their own. Check out the Orthodontist on social media as well as the orthodontist’s website. Do they have positive reviews? Is their website up to date? Instagram? Facebook? Look for an Orthodontist that is involved in social media as it is a good indication that they are committed to newer technology.
  1. When it comes to braces or Invisalign, make sure that you are seeing an Orthodontist and not a dentist. An Orthodontist is a general dentist with at least three more years of advanced training. Make sure that the Orthodontist has the required education, degrees and training.
  1. Before you choose an Orthodontist make sure that you have a thorough initial consultation.   Your consultation should include a physical exam as well as x-rays and photographs.   An Orthodontist should meet with you for a complimentary exam to determine your needs. This first appointment is an ideal time to learn both your Orthodontist’s philosophy of care. Additionally, get a feel for the office and the office team —see how helpful and friendly the staff may be, how welcoming the environment is and how clean the practice is kept.
  1. Most importantly, do not ever be afraid to ask questions. Ask every single question that comes to mind, no matter how insignificant it may seem. You need to be able to discern whether your Orthodontist will be open to his/her patient asking questions, and to assess how well the Orthodontist can help you understand the answers to the questions you’ve asked.
  1. Consider where your Orthodontist lives. This is a good indication of how vested they are in the community. Will the investment you are making in orthodontic care come back to your community?
  1. How many doctors are at the office? Seeing more than one doctor for orthodontic care can significantly increase your treatment time. I would liken it to changing architects mid project. Sure it can be done, but it is not the most efficient method.
  1. How many offices do they have? Typically the more offices the higher volume of patients the Orthodontist will see at each location. The more patients per day the less time they have to spend with you. Additionally, rescheduled appointments and emergency appointments might not be at the office near you. With fewer offices or only one office the Orthodontist has the advantage of seeing a lower volume of patients and can emphasize quality of care. And with one office you always know where you are going for your appointments.
  1. It is good to know that most office visits are every 8-10 weeks if the Orthodontist is using the latest technology in their office. Additionally, Technology and treatment philosophy can vary greatly among orthodontist depending on where they were educated and how committed they are to continuing education.

Take the time to find the right person and the right practice as you move towards a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime.

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  1. My daughter wants braces, as all her friends are getting their teeth straightened right now. Your article had some great tips for choosing an orthodontist that could help her with this, and I liked how you said make sure the doctor we see has the required education, degrees and training to perform their services. Thanks; we’ll keep this in mind when choosing an orthodontist.

  2. Thank you for explaining that it is important to ask questions. A benefit of this that I see is that it would also allow you to be able to voice what you’re thinking, which makes it more likely that you’ll do that in the future when questions arise. This in turn will allow you to have the best experience possible because you’ll know exactly how to take care of your braces or whatever it may be.

  3. Thanks for the tip to ask every question that comes to mind, since that will show how well each orthodontist is able to help us understand. I recently found out that my daughter will need to get braces, and I want to make sure to choose the right orthodontist because I know it’ll be a long and relatively costly process. I’m glad I read your article because I was feeling overwhelmed before, but you made the process of finding a good orthodontist seem a lot more manageable!

  4. with the use of orthodontics dentistry both young and adults can acquire good dental health and also a confident and beautiful smile. In case the teeth are overcrowded then it creates problem in brushing and flossing of the teeth. This in turn results in a breeding ground for cavity which results in bacteria and plaque. Orthodontics dentistry makes extensive use of braces to reshape and reposition the jaw line

  5. My brother is thinking about getting an orthodontist to help with his teeth. I liked what you said about how you should ask every question that comes to mind. He would be reassured if he knew that he was working with a professional.

  6. I like the tip that you gave to check the reviews of an orthodontist before you hire them. My wife and I have been talking about finding an orthodontist to help us because we will need help with our daughter to straighten her teeth because our dentist said that if we don’t, her teeth could chip. Before we choose an orthodontist, I will be sure to check their reviews beforehand, so that we could be confident that we will be happy with them.

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