The increasing complexity of orthodontic treatment, together with the maturation of the market, has served to provide potential patients with a number of treatment options. You have one opportunity to get outstanding results. Making the right decision for your needs can be greatly enhanced by understanding and utilizing the following criteria in your selection process. In evaluating your options for treatment, we have put together some great tips if considering an orthodontist:
Tip #1 Ensure that the practice is up-to-date on the latest advances in the profession.
There have been significant advances in orthodontics treatment in recent years. This resulted in moving the orthodontic appliance (braces) from a ready made system that fits all, to a custom appliance that meets patient needs and teeth shape. Ask for a detailed explanation of what technology is utilized to deliver excellent results and if they are using any custom made appliance like SureSmile.
Tip#2 Review the qualifications of the doctor.
Only 1 in 3 orthodontists is board certified. A board certified orthodontist is an orthodontist who has voluntarily gone through hundreds of additional hours of preparation to demonstrate their judgement, skills and knowledge required for providing the highest level of patient care. They have achieved board certification through the American Board of Orthodontics, the only orthodontic specialty board recognized by the American Dental Association.
Tip #3 Talk to former patients.
Ask for an extensive list of contacts, preferably with patients who had similar treatment needs to yours. Your ability to contact people with similar cases, at your discretion, will ensure that you get an accurate picture of practice capabilities regarding your situation.
Tip #4 Ensure that the practice is privately owned, not a big corporate branch.
In a privately owned practice you will be treated by the same orthodontist from start to finish. Also, you will receive better and more personal customer care in a privately owned office
Tip #5 Flexible office hours and schedule.
Orthodontic treatment may takes up to 2-3 years. You will need to see the orthodontist every 4-6 weeks. Make sure that you chose an office with a flexible schedule (before and after school) as well as weekend appointments.
Tip #6 Check if the practice has a reward program for younger patients.
Part of the orthodontic treatment outcome depends on patient compliance. Patient may need to wear rubber bands, headgear, retainer, etc. Make sure that the office has a reward program to encourage and motivate the younger patients to follow the instructions (which will reduce the chance of complications or length of treatment).
If you are in the Dallas Area, and are considering an orthodontist, our orthodontists are the perfect choice for you.