How to Choose an Orthodontist

Tips for Finding a Good Orthodontist

When it comes to choosing an orthodontist for yourself or a loved one, it can be difficult to know which one you should see. Orthodontic treatment to straighten the teeth and create a beautiful smile is an important aspect of oral health.  Its effects can last the rest of your life!

Here are our tips on finding a great orthodontist for your family.

Do Your Research

Orthodontists are dental specialists who undergo additional education and training after achieving their doctorate in dentistry. In the U.S., there is an accreditation board that recognizes those specialists who meet specific criteria as “board-certified”. This means the orthodontist maintains a high level of skill and expertise in his or her field.  As you are searching through the orthodontists in your area, make sure to find one who is “board-certified”.

Ask Your Dentist for a Referral

Your general dentist works with several different specialists in the area. He or she may have years of experience with particular orthodontists that enables him to make a more informed selection than you could on your own. General dentists work closely with orthodontists to maintain the patient’s oral health during orthodontic treatment. This allows the dentist to monitor the quality of the patient’s care both throughout and at the end of their teeth straightening.

Read Reviews Online

In this age of the internet, you can find plenty of information online about a particular orthodontist or orthodontic practice.  It is important to choose one whose patient reviews are high. When the majority of reviews describe positive experiences with a doctor, you can trust that your experience will be good as well!

You should also read any negative reviews to determine whether they describe a unique experience that is unlikely to affect the majority of patients. When an office has a large number of reviews, and the average is higher than four stars, you can trust that it is a good dental practice overall.

Schedule an Office Visit

Did you know that you can “interview” potential orthodontists? You do not have to commit to any treatment at your first visit.  Schedule an office visit or consultation so that you can experience the environment in a low-pressure setting. You can meet the doctor and have a conversation to determine if he or she has the qualities you desire most in an orthodontist.

If you do not know what those qualities should be, may we suggest the following list? We recommend seeking an orthodontist who exhibits compassion and good communication, as well as a thorough knowledge of the latest advances in technology that pertains to orthodontics.  Ask about 3D imaging and clear aligner therapy. Ask how they assess a child’s airway before and during treatment.  The right orthodontist will have a clear and compassionate answer to each question you pose.

More Questions about Choosing a Great Orthodontist?

Call Empire Dental Specialty Group to explore orthodontic care from one of our board-certified orthodontists. At Empire, we offer free orthodontic consultations that allow us to examine your mouth, create an orthodontic treatment plan, and answer your questions. We have received excellent reviews from our patients in Beavercreek and West Chester. To get started, schedule a free consultation with our orthodontic team today.