1. What is your experience?
Before picking an orthodontic specialist, make sure that they are well versed in orthodontic treatment and have done it before. Ask if they are members of the AAO, which can only be joined after completing a required training course. Also ask them how many years of practical experience they have and if they would feel comfortable tackling your case.
Ask your friends and family for references when choosing an orthodontist. If your cousin’s son has braces then she may know a good orthodontic specialist. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, it is a big decision that you don’t want to make lightly.
2. What are your hours?
You are probably busy, and if your kids need braces, then your family is probably pretty busy. Between soccer practice, dance recital, and piano lessons, it might be hard to squeeze in an orthodontic appointment. Find an orthodontic office that is right for you. Choose an office with extended and flexible hours so that you can fit in your visits when it works best for you.
3. How long will treatment take?
Treatment typically varies by person when it comes to orthodontia. We all have different mouths and teeth alignments, so it makes sense that some of us need to keep our braces on for longer periods of time. Most orthodontic specialists say that it takes about two years to see results. Ask how many visits you will need to make each year so that you can get a feel for the amount of time you will be spending in the dental chair.
4. What’s the cost?
Cost might just be the one thing keeping you from getting braces, so shop around for an orthodontist that best fits your price range. Sometimes price has nothing to do with quality, so if you find an orthodontist who charges less, that doesn’t make him a bad dentist. Ask what is included in the quote and what additional charges might crop up.