How to pick the right orthodontist

by Dr. Amer Hussain, on Oct 28, 2019 9:06:04 PM

When it comes to your heart, you trust it to be looked after by a cardiologist. For your skin, a dermatologist. For your eyes, an optician. So when it comes to straightening your teeth, you trust an orthodontist to take care of them.

An orthodontist is the only specialist capable of aligning your teeth, jaw and bite (contrary to popular belief, dentists aren’t qualified in specialized branch of dentistry). 

But finding the right one can feel daunting. Where do you go? How do you find the right orthodontic treatment for you? What questions should you be asking? Well, that’s why you’re here reading this post, we’ve got some tips for finding the right orthodontist for you. 

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So, first things first. Do your research.
Google orthodontic offices near you, check the reviews, ask around. Compile yourself a little list of the orthodontic offices around you and ask your friends or family about any recommendations they may have. Looking around never hurt anybody.  

After you got your little list all made, book some consultations. Most clinics offer free orthodontic consultations. 

The consultation
While your in your free consultation, there are some questions you should ask. 

Some good questions to ask are: 

  • Where did you complete your Orthodontic Residency program?
  • What is the cost of the treatment plan?
  • How long will the treatment plan take?
  • What kind of post-treatment follow up is necessary?
  • Do you have patients I could contact for references?
  • Are you board certified by the Canadian Board of Orthodontics?

In your first consultation, the orthodontist will go through all your treatment options which can include metal  braces, clear braces (also known as ceramic braces), Invisalign, lingual braces and other options. They should take the time to explain the benefits of each type of braces to you and which orthodontic treatment will be the best fit for you and your lifestyle. 

Financing should also be discussed in the consultation as well, some clinics may offer payment options. Finding a clinic that can provide you the best treatment will be useless if you can’t afford it. Orthodontic treatment shouldn’t break your bank, affordable braces and affordable Invisalign are available, it’s just all about finding the right clinic. 

Ask yourself: How did it feel?
The way the clinic environment feels is important, you’ll be coming to this clinic for the duration of your treatment so how it makes you feel is important. Note how the staff interacts with you and your overall feelings:  Was the clinic clean? Did it feel welcoming? Were you comfortable? Was the staff friendly? Did you feel comfortable asking questions?

If it feels good to you, that’s a clinic to keep in mind when making your final decision.

Consider the technology and treatment options
Orthodontics is a fast-paced field with plenty of advancements. It’s worth considering if the orthodontist is using the newer technology or if they seem a little rooted in the past. It might be better to opt for an orthodontist that’s up-to-date with all the newest technology and methodology. 

Finally, get a second opinion and don’t rush your decision This is a big decision, that’s why you should take your time. Straightening your teeth is a big step, so taking your time to ensure your checking all your boxes is important. We all know the saying “Two heads are better than one” so get a second, third and fourth opinion if you feel you need too. 

Your smile, your choice. Never forget that!

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