P&K How To: How To Choose An Orthodontist
By Leah Kackley
Crossbites, crooked teeth, teeth that get in the way of life – one of these issues is likely to make you start thinking about getting in touch with an orthodontist. There have been a lot of advancements in the practice of orthodontics since today’s parents were kids. And there are a lot of new options for treatment that weren’t available 25 years ago.
Step One is to pick the orthodontist that will be right for your family. Look for orthodontists who are geographically convenient to you through a site like www.aaoinfo.org. Make a list of several whose offices will allow you to get to appointments whether you’re coming from home, school, or work. If you live and work in Canton, you probably don’t want to drive to Terry for your visits.
Next, ask for recommendations on those specific choices. Trusted friends are always a good source of practical advice about how helpful the office staff is, how easily payment plans are set up, and how well the doctor works with atypical requests. If you’re looking for information on a specialized treatment like clear aligners, make sure your choice list includes orthodontists who offer that product.
Finally, the American Board of Orthodontics recommends asking questions about board certifications and professional associations, the full treatment plan including post treatment follow-up, and who is doing the checkup work (the doctor or a well-trained staff member) among other questions. Also, ask for patient references based on the type of treatment you’re going to be receiving.
Ultimately, a face to face visit is necessary because your child (or maybe you!) is going to be seeing this professional a lot during the course of treatment. Go with the doctor who fits your life and your personality best, and have fun getting that beautiful new smile!