How to Choose the Best Orthodontist

Braces are a commitment: a commitment of finances, time, and – most importantly – confidence in your personal appearance. For these reasons, it’s important for braces patients to be sure they’ve made a good decision that they feel comfortable with. One of the most critical parts of this decision is choosing the right orthodontist. When choosing an orthodontist, patients are encouraged to “shop around” and make sure they feel 100 percent satisfied with their choice.

How to Choose the Best Orthodontist

When choosing an orthodontist, future braces patients should schedule a few orthodontic consultations with different orthodontists. When in the office, observe the environment. Do you feel comfortable? Is it clean and organized? Are the personnel friendly and easy to work with? Orthodontic patients should make sure that the office is a comfortable place, as they’ll be visiting quite often over the course of braces treatment. For some patients, treatment and follow-up processes can last several years.

Orthodontist Personality

The personality of the orthodontist is also an important consideration. Some orthodontists may be more professional and reserved, while some will be more laid back and relaxed. It’s important to find an orthodontist who fits well with your own personality, while still having the right skills and experience to provide you with your ideal smile.

Questions to Ask

Before choosing an orthodontist, patients should ask candidates questions such as:

  • What exactly needs to be done?
  • What are my options?
  • What are the pros and cons of my options?
  • How long will the treatment process take?
  • How frequently will I need to come in for visits?
  • What are your office and emergency hours?
  • How long have you been practicing orthodontics?

Cost Considerations

Different orthodontists will offer different pricing for braces. When an orthodontist presents you with a quote, it’s important to ask how the treatment cost was determined. Some orthodontists will make special observations and considerations that others will not, so it’s critical to understand how prices are calculated. Also, be sure to ask which elements of follow-up care are included in the quote, such as retainers.

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Insurance and Financing

During an orthodontic consultation, future braces patients should ask which types of insurance plans the orthodontist accepts. Some dental plans will cover braces, while some will not. If a patient’s dental plan does not cover orthodontic procedures, the patient may benefit from asking the orthodontist for orthodontic insurance recommendations. Financing options, accepted payment types, and any applicable special promotions should also be discussed with the doctor at the orthodontic consultation.

Dr. Randy Gittess

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