Finding an orthodontist in your area that meets all of your needs can be a long and stressful process. With the widespread use of the Internet and mobile applications, there is a lot of information to consider and take in when making that final decision to schedule your orthodontic appointment. This decision will directly affect the overall and oral health of your family, which is why it is important that you take the time to do the research. Here are a few things to consider before you begin any treatment with the orthodontist:
Ask Family & friends For Recommendations
Having a trusted member, friend, or colleague provide you with a recommendation can help you narrow down your research. It is helpful to get other people’s opinions about an orthodontist and describe to you what their experience was like. Since the treatment needs of a person can vary, not everyone will have the same opinions about the service or practice. For example, a friend may suggest an orthodontist who can quickly see patients while another friend may suggest an orthodontist who offers a promotion for new patients. Your decision will depend on your own priorities and what you feel is important to have in an orthodontist.
Is The Orthodontist Certified?
It is important that you research the orthodontist to see if he or she is certified and is not just a dentist who offers some orthodontic treatment. An orthodontist is a dentist who has completed 2 to 3 years of additional study and training to treat improper bites. Orthodontists have an understanding of jaw and facial structures, so that they can closely evaluate their growth and development. Always confirm that you are dealing with a certified orthodontist for proper treatment.
Meet The Orthodontist For A Consultation
Being able to come in for an initial consultation gives you the opportunity to interact with the orthodontist and the staff. It will provide you with an understanding of what the practice is and whether the environment feels welcoming and comfortable. We recommend that during the consultation with the orthodontist you ask various questions to help you decide on continuing with any treatment.
- Can you accommodate appointments around work and school schedules?
- What are the different orthodontic services that you offer, and what could be possible consequences if we do not opt for that treatment?
- What is the cost of treatment, and what does that cost cover?
- Is there a post-treatment plan?
- Will my insurance cover my treatment, and do you have financial plans available?
- Do you provide any photos of the results before and after the treatment?
Visit Your Salem, OR Orthodontist
By taking the time to do the research, you will find an orthodontist who is best suited for you and your family. If you have any questions and would like to know more about our practice, please do not hesitate to contact us. We work with a team of amazing people who are dedicated in providing the highest quality services in the Salem, Stayton, and Silverton area.