How to Choose an Orthodontist

It Starts With a Smile

Choosing an orthodontic practice to trust with the beauty of your smile or your child’s smile is an important decision. Orthodontic treatment has the potential to be a long process, so you’ll want to make sure that you or your child are comfortable with our orthodontist and team. Your orthodontic experience is something you’ll remember for the rest of your life, so make sure it’s something to smile about. Ask someone you trust for a recommendation.

Selecting an orthodontist can seem like a daunting task, especially for someone who has never been through it. So, it’s a good idea to ask for a recommendation from someone who has been to an orthodontist to have either themselves or their children treated. Whether it’s a friend, co-worker, or family member, they’ll probably be happy to share their first-hand experience. Your general dentist is also a great resource to get a recommendation.

Consider education and experience

Once you have a list of a few orthodontists, do a little research. Find out about their educational background, where they went to school, and what kinds of continuing education or specialty training they’ve had. Before you set up a consultation with an orthodontist, check if he or she is a licensed member of the American Association of Orthodontists. All members of the American Association of Orthodontists have graduated from accredited dental schools and orthodontic graduate programs, and they have been required by the state to maintain a minimum amount of continuing education hours. When choosing an orthodontist you should also check to see if they are board-certified. Board Certification is confirmation of an orthodontist’s personal commitment to providing lifelong quality patient care.

Get a consultation from more than one office

Orthodontists have different treatment styles, so getting a consultation from more than one office is a great idea. Some may offer specific orthodontic treatment options or products that others may not. Compare the (estimated) length of recommended treatment time with the cost of that treatment. It is also important to feel comfortable with your orthodontist. Do they have a pleasant chairside manner? Do you feel like they pay attention to your concerns? Is the staff friendly and helpful? By visiting more than one office, you’re more likely to find an orthodontist who can meet your individual needs while staying within your budget.

Ask questions

During your consultation, don’t be afraid to ask questions. After all, that’s why you’re there! It is important for you to understand what type of orthodontic issues you have and the most effective ways to treat them. The more informed you are about your own dental health, the better decisions you can make. Dr. Brent Rickheim’s team at Peach Orthodontics is ready and willing to answer your questions, so reach out to our orthodontic office in Post Falls, Idaho, at (208) 777-1010.

A few things to consider:

  • Who will be overseeing your treatment: the orthodontist or assistants?
  • Is the office located near your home or work to make appointments as convenient as possible?
  • Do they offer extended office hours before or after work and school?
  • What types of insurance does the office work with, and what kind of financing do they offer?
  • Does the orthodontist take the time to explain the treatment options and recommendations?

Finally, with any orthodontist, you should always ask if the orthodontist and team seem interested in personalizing your care. You should never feel like you are “just a number.”

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