Choosing the Right Orthodontist

May 2, 2022

"choosing the right orthodontist" with dental tools

Braces are a common practice in the United States. Many people get them to improve the look of their smile and boost their confidence. But braces can be a big time and financial commitment. So before you make the decision to get braces, it’s important to find the right orthodontist for you and your circumstances. There are many factors to consider when making this important decision for your teeth, so you want to do all you can to ensure that your orthodontist fits in well with your needs and can deliver the best care at the most reasonable price. Read on for a list of things to consider before making this commitment.

What Does an Orthodontist Do?

An orthodontist is a dentist who is trained to treat teeth and jaw issues for people of all ages. This type of care is usually associated with children and teenagers who need braces, but orthodontists can improve the bite of any age. They can correct existing conditions as well as diagnose possible future problems. Unlike dentists or endodontists, they do not fix cavities, pull wisdom teeth, or perform any kind of oral surgery. 

dental teeth model with braces

Orthodontists use dental devices to change the position of your teeth or jaw. These devices can include braces, retainers, or bands and can be used to fixed dental issues like:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Overbites or underbites
  • Teeth crowding or spacing
  • Jaw misalignment

The overall goal of orthodontic care is to improve the patient’s bite to ensure proper eating, chewing, and speaking. If you’re suffering from any of the above conditions, then an orthodontist may be the right decision for you.

Do Your Research

The first step to choosing your orthodontist is fairly simple. Some research of orthodontists in the area can help you get a list of potential options before you go any further. Most orthodontists will not only allow you to stop by their office before committing to treatment to get a feel for them, but also have a website available where you can learn more about them and their practice. Don’t choose an orthodontist who doesn’t seem professional or that you don’t feel comfortable working with. Asking friends, family, or neighbors for recommendations can also give you a list of orthodontic options given to you by people you trust.

Do They Offer Consultations?

When looking for the right orthodontist, you might want to know if they offer consultations and how much that may cost. Are traditional braces or retainers the best option for you? How long might you need to wear braces? At your initial consultation you should ask the orthodontist these questions:

  • How much the total cost will be
  • How long it will take
  • What to expect from the final results.

orthodontist consulting with a patient

By doing this there will be no surprises at the completion of treatment. A consultation can guarantee you the best services for your needs.

At Smile Ranch Orthodontics, we offer free consultations to help you get the smile you want. We can walk you through our services and pricing options.

How Much Does It Cost?

A major factor in finding the right orthodontic fit is pricing. Some cost more than others, and some orthodontists offer financial plans that others don’t. You can find out the cost of an orthodontist in your consultation. Make sure whatever the cost is, it is worth the outcome you’re going to receive. You want to get your money’s worth!

Do They Offer the Services I Need?

Some orthodontists can be so specialized in one specific area, that they might not offer the treatment you need in another. After you have an orthodontic consultation, you should know exactly what treatments you need, helping you to plan out the course of your orthodontic work. Some orthodontists offer treatments besides traditional braces, like ceramic braces, the Damon® System, or other orthodontic appliances. One popular route is Invisalign®. If you are looking into  straightening your smile without the intrusion of wires and metal brackets, then talk to your orthodontist about Invisalign®. Finding an orthodontist who offers the services you’re looking for is an important step in choosing the right one for you.

Before and After

young girl's braces getting worked on

Sometimes orthodontists will post before and after photos to their website, but if they don’t, make sure you ask to see results. By asking to see some before and after pictures of an orthodontist’s past patients, not only are you ensuring they have a patient history, you can also see how effective the smile transformations have been. Don’t hesitate to look at the transformations most similar to the changes that will be happening to your teeth, and see how the end results look. If possible, talk with past or current patients of the orthodontist to determine what their opinion of the experience has been. If this orthodontist was recommended to you by someone you know, then you should be able to see their before and after results firsthand.

Carefully choose the right orthodontist for your situation, ensuring your perfect smile will come as soon as possible. This will be beneficial to you in creating a healthy smile to last a lifetime.

We’re Ready to Serve You!

We know choosing the right orthodontist can be stressful, which is why we strive to make your experience at Smile Ranch Orthodontics as comfortable and pleasant as possible. We believe everyone deserves the confidence, joy, and quality of life that comes with a healthy, beautiful smile. We believe every face is unique and that our job is to enhance whatever makes you special by making it the best it can be.

If you’re looking for more information on services, pricing, or results, schedule a free consultation with us today or visit our website. We’d love to meet you!

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