Looking for the best orthodontist? Here’s what you need to consider.
Qualification and Experience
When it comes to orthodontic care, we recommend that patients only see a Specialist Orthodontist. An Orthodontist is a registered dental specialist who has completed an additional three years of full-time University training in orthodontics, that is they hold a General Dental Degree + Specialist Orthodontic Degree. Orthodontists specialize in diagnosing and treating crooked teeth, bad bites and poorly aligned jaws for children, teens and adults. Only an orthodontist has been specifically trained and is the most qualified and experienced person to treat issues to do with the alignment of teeth and jaws to ensure you, or your child, ends up with a healthy and confident smile.
Orthodontics is continually evolving with advancements in technology. You will find that there is a range of treatment methods available so it is a good idea to take a look at the practice website to find out what treatments are on offer. You can then ask questions and discuss your treatment options further during your initial consultation.
Find out if the Orthodontist is an industry-recognised provider for the treatments offered. For example if you are interested in orthodontic treatment (eg. Invisalign), you can check the practice website for industry logos as this indicates that the Orthodontist is a recognised provider.
The Orthodontist is supported by a team of professionals including dental hygienists, dental nurses, treatment coordinators and receptionists. Each individual will be involved in your care throughout your orthodontic treatment so it is important that you feel comfortable and cared for by your support team.
Cost and Finance
Your orthodontic treatment is an important financial investment. After your initial consultation and discussion of the proposed treatment with the Orthodontist, make sure that you obtain the full quote that outlines all the inclusions. Most Orthodontists provide payment plans to help with the cost and affordability.
Orthodontic treatment can generally last between 12 to 24 months. This is a reasonable length of time to be attending your appointments, so you want to make sure that you feel comfortable in the clinic and where you will feel supported throughout your treatment. When you attend your consultation, few things to note are: Are you warmly welcomed by reception? Are the staff approachable and friendly? Can they answer your questions or address any concerns you may have? You can ask to have a tour to help you get a feel of the clinic.
It can be reassuring to know what others have to say about their experience during their treatment. Reading testimonials or online reviews by doing a web search or visiting the clinic’s website can help give you better insight regarding the practice. After all, you want to make sure that you are making the best decision for your orthodontic treatment.