28 September 2015
What to expect at your Initial Orthodontic Consultation
When you meet an orthodontist for an initial consultation, we strongly recommend consideration of the following:
– What is the practices philosophy? Make sure it lines up with what you are looking for.
– What is the orthodontist’s level of experience and how long have they been practicing?
– Does the practice have multiple offices forcing you to go to different office locations for your appointments?
– Is the orthodontic practice conveniently located close to your home, office or child’s school?
– Ask to see before-and-after photos of previous patients. Are the results to your liking?
– How varied and advanced are the treatments offered? Revolutionary new technologies such as temporary mini-screws, translucent aligner scanning (such as Invisalign and Invisalign Teen) and self-ligating brackets.
– Is the orthodontist familiar with the different cutting edge accelerated treatment options such as AcceleDent, Propel, and Wilckodontics?
– What is the orthodontist’s diagnosis and plan of action for your teeth and how clearly has it been explained to you? Did the orthodontist provide information about alternatives? How practical is the treatment plan in light of your personal, business and social needs?
– What is the office ambiance like? Specifically, are you (or your child) comfortable with the orthodontist’s chair-side manner? Is the staff friendly, welcoming and quick to address your concerns? Since orthodontic treatment takes an average of two years, with appointments typically every six to eight weeks, it is important to establish a rapport with all of those who will be providing services.
– Emergencies are unlikely, but just in case, what is the office protocol?
– What are the financing options? Are their multifamily discounts? Paid in full discounts?
– Does the fee for treatment include retainers and is there a “Lifetime Guarantee” offered? Make sure to ask.
– Does the practice focus on educating you (and/or your child) on the care of their braces and/or appliances?
At Reagin Orthodontics we believe that finding an orthodontist you trust is like forming any important relationship in your life. Do some research, get to know them, ask your friends and trust your instincts!