With many options to choose from, selecting the best orthodontist for your needs and the needs of family members can be an easier process if you know what to look for. Here are some tips on things to consider when searching for a qualified orthodontist:
Review the Orthodontist’s Experience, Credentials, and Educational Background
One of the most important steps in your research is to evaluate a prospective orthodontist’s professional biography. The doctor’s educational background, years in practice, and overall experience should all be reviewed. This is also a good time to ensure the doctor is certified by the American Board of Orthodontics. ABO-certified orthodontists, such as Dr. Ben Chan, have undergone rigorous testing and have a proven commitment to providing exceptionally high standards of care. They must also obtain additional education on a consistent basis each year to remain abreast of the latest orthodontic treatments and techniques.
Take a Look at Patient Reviews and Before-and-After Photos
Patient reviews offer a quick glimpse into the experiences of others at the practice and can often give a general idea of what you can expect from a prospective orthodontist. You can also take a look at before-and-after photos that illustrate the kind of results a doctor is capable of producing. If a Smile Gallery is not available on the practice’s website, you should feel free to ask if they have any before-and-after photos to show you at the office.
Ensure the Practice Location is Convenient to Your Needs
Certain types of orthodontic treatment—such as braces and many others—require several follow-up appointments throughout the treatment process. This makes it necessary to ensure the doctor’s office location is relatively convenient to yours. You may also want to verify with the practice that they have no intentions of moving to a different location in the near future.
Meet With the Orthodontist and Evaluate Your Rapport
Once you have narrowed down your options, you can schedule an initial consultation with the orthodontist to meet with them in-person. This first meeting gives you the chance to evaluate your rapport and determine if the doctor is the right choice for you or your family. You should never feel hesitant to ask questions, and you should always feel that the orthodontist is explaining things thoroughly and genuinely listening to your concerns. You should also feel confident in their abilities and experience. Orthodontic treatment can be a lengthy process and it is a journey that requires trust and collaboration between the doctor and the patient, so it is necessary for you to feel comfortable with their approach from the very beginning.
If you have questions for our orthodontist, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact Cumberland Dental Specialists today.