How to choose an orthodontist

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that your child get a check-up with an orthodontist at the first recognition of the existence of an orthodontic problem, but no later than age 7.  However, you are never too old to benefit from orthodontic treatment. Adults represent a significant percentage of patients in most orthodontic practices.

With fewer orthodontists to choose from than dentists, making the decision on who you’d like to treat your orthodontic needs is an important one. While all orthodontists have completed dental school and specialty training, not all are the same. Here are some helpful things to consider when choosing an orthodontist to help ensure you make the best decision for your family.

Before selecting your orthodontist, consider the following:

Orthodontist’s level of experience and years in practice

Office location and distance from home, school, and office

Quality of work apparent in before-and-after photos

Technology level and variety of treatment options

How clearly your diagnosis and treatment plan were explained to you

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