Choosing an orthodontist for yourself or your child can be a tricky process. You want someone with experience, but also someone that is willing to be innovative and be willing to try out the latest technology when it comes to treating bad bites. One issue that you will never have when selecting your orthodontic practice is a lack of choices. Sometimes it seems like there are more orthodontists out there than doctors! If you find yourself i need of a new orthodontist, then use the following steps in order to help you select a practice that you will be satisfied with.
- First of all, check with your insurance company. Dental insurance will often include some kind of allowance or discount for orthodontic work in children, but not necessarily for adults. If your dental insurance does include some coverage for orthodontic work, then you want to find out what kind of network they have so that you can make sure to use an approved doctor or a doctor that is in their network. Often, you may find that they allow you to use your benefits on any orthodontist that you select, which is a great perk, but you always want to make sure that your doctor qualifies ahead of time.
- Once you know who the orthodontists are that are in your network, you can get on to the business of choosing one for yourself. If you have family or friends that have used an orthodontist in the past, try checking with them to see who they have used before and ask if they were satisfied. Even if you are unable to use their doctor, you can ask them about what they wish they had known up front when they first started visiting their orthodontist. It might be that they wish they has selected someone with more flexible office hours, or perhaps they did not think to ask if their practice was geared towards children. Or maybe they wish they had talked to them about their anxiety over visiting the dentist to find out what their attitude was towards people that have a fear of the dentist. All of these things can affect the first impression that you get of your orthodontist, so this knowledge can be very helpful.
- Once you have narrowed down the list of orthodontists to those that fit within your parameters (they have office hours that work with your schedule, they are experienced in treating mostly kids/adults/teenagers whatever fits your needs, and they are in the right location) then schedule an appointment for a consolation. Do not worry, you do not have to jump into the examination chair the moment that you get there. You can use this time to simply take to the orthodontist and explain the reasons that you are there and ask them all the questions that you have about them and their practice. Find out what services they offer and if they have a specialization (maybe they are very experienced with Invisalign but not so much with braces for example.) All of these things can help you determine if you have the right orthodontist for you.