Learn How To Choose The Best Orthodontist For Your Child
It’s highly likely that the day will come that you, your child, or multiple children
in your family will need braces. When it does, you will need to locate an orthodontic
specialist to put them on and provide the associated care.
Orthodontists are dentists who specialize in straightening teeth and aligning jaws.
Following dental school, they typically receive two or more years of orthodontics
training in an American Dental
Association accredited program.
To find an orthodontist for you or your child, start by asking others for recommendations—your
dentist, neighbors, friends, family, coworkers, and anyone else whose opinion you
The American Board
of Orthodontics website lists orthodontists certified by the American Board
of Orthodontics, the only certifying board recognized by the American Association
of Orthodontists and the American Dental Association. The American Association of Orthodontists website also includes
a tool for locating member orthodontists near you.
Narrow your options
What criteria do you use to narrow down your short list of candidates? Here are
some things to take into consideration:
- Is the provider covered by your insurance?
- What are the provider’s payment policies
- Do the provider’s office hours work with my schedule?
- Is the consultation free?
When you meet with your provider for the consultation, be sure to ask questions
about the care you will receive. Here are some suggestions:
- Is this the only option?
- How urgent is the need for this treatment?
- Will there be additional expenses?
- What is the length of this treatment?
- What follow-up care will I need?
- What aftercare do I need to do at home?
Upon this initial visit make sure that you and your child feel comfortable with
the provider and his or her staff. Do they listen to you and answer your questions?
Do you feel that they listen to you and your child?
Be sure to check with your dental plan for orthodontics benefits information. If
you don’t have dental insurance, you may find buying it will save you money.
Braces are an investment, and you will be putting a lot of time and money—as well
as yours or your child’s smile—into them. Finding a provider you can that meets
your financial needs and with whom you feel comfortable is important. Good luck
with your search!