You will find that in pretty much every city in the USA, there is competition among the various different orthodontic practices. This can make it hard to know which one you should ultimately go for. Personally we feel that you should opt for the orthodontist that makes you feel the most comfortable, but on top of that here are some factors that you should take into account before making a final decision.
1. Orthodontists Credentials
This has to be the most important of all the things that you will want to look out for when you are looking to pick out your orthodontist.
You want to make sure that you pick an orthodontist who has all the qualifications that are required to perform full orthodontic treatment.
You can find a list of the best orthodontists in your area, simply by going to the American Association of Orthodontists website and doing a search.
2. Flexible Payment Plans
The vast majority of the best orthodontic practices out there will offer a variety of different ways in which you can pay for your treatment, from in house payment plans to getting a loan. Most even offer a discount if you choose to pay upfront for the treatment.
Most of you are going to end up picking the in house payment plan which is where the cost of the treatment is spread out over the course of the whole treatment.
The practices who have a variety of payment plan options will see a larger number of patients come through and get treatment.
The best way to find out is to simply ask the practice that you are interested in going with.
3. How Experienced is the Orthodontist?
You really want to make sure that the orthodontist you end up going with is experienced in performing full orthodontic treatment.
Naturally the more experienced the orthodontist, the better the diagnosis and ultimately the better the whole treatment experience is going to be for you. The best way to find out how experienced the orthodontist who is going to be working with you will be is to just ask them.
4. How Well Does the Orthodontist Communicate?
You really want to make sure that you pick an orthodontist who is friendly but professional. This will be a new experience for you and therefore you want an orthodontist who is going to be able to explain everything to you simply and easily.
You want to be sure that the orthodontist is taking the time to explain everything that is happening as it is happening over time and that they are going to be able to answer your questions with ease.
5. Where is the Practice Located?
Of course this is a very important part of the decision process. A lot of the big orthodontists have multiple offices all over the city which means you will be able to go to the one that is located near to you.
6. Super Friend Staff
You will usually find that the office staff will usually take on the personality of the head orthodontist, and so if the orthodontist is friendly and cheerful then you can expect the staff to be of the same nature… naturally the opposite is true as well.
The majority of the time you are going to find that the staff members are happy, and pleasant to be around!
You might want to ask around your friends and work colleagues to find potential orthodontists that they would recommend. This is a big plus as you can feel comfort knowing that the orthodontist you’re picking with has a good track record with someone that you know.
8. Long Office Hours
Ideally you are going to want to go with an orthodontist that is open for long hours over the course of the day. This will mean that you are going to be able to book appointments that suit you and your schedule.
9. Office Décor
While not as important as the other issues I’ve mentioned it is something that you’re going to want to keep in mind. As you will be going for treatment over a number of years you want to go to a practice that is nice and modern.
These are the top 9 factors that you are going to want to look into when you are deciding on which orthodontist you are going to want to pick. At the end of the day you really want to listen to your gut and pick the orthodontist who you feel is the best.