Your orthodontist is someone who is going to be important, whether you’re choosing someone for yourself or for your kid. This is someone with whom you’re going to work hand in hand, in order to achieve the best possible mouth care possible. If you get along well and have a good working relationship, then mouth and other health problems can be prevented, and any existing issues can be dealt with right away. However, if the working relationship is not a good one, that may cause you to avoid visiting the orthodontist which can cause health problems later on.
So clearly, this is an important decision. Also, keep in mind that certain procedures, such as getting braces, are a fairly longer term scenario. This isn’t something that gets done in one or two visits. You’ll be adjusting and tweaking those braces for quite a while, to get the best possible outcome. So you want to choose an orthodontist that you’ll be comfortable dealing with, for years to come.
So when it comes to choosing the right orthodontist, make sure to take the time and make the effort to get the decision right, the first time if possible. You can start by talking with people that you trust, such as other family members, relatives and close friends. If you’re looking for an orthodontist for your kid, ask them if they have one that they can recommend, based on their own experience with their children. Keep in mind that some orthodontists will do a better job of taking care of kids than others, because their clinic and staff are kid-friendly, and because they have the right attitude and amount of patience.
Ideally, you will get some concrete recommendations from people whose advice you value. Try to get some stories or anecdotes from them, to make sure that they aren’t just giving vague or generalized suggestions. They should suggest orthodontists that they’ve actually seen themselves, or that they’ve brought their kids to.
From there, visit the orthodontist’s clinic and have a look around. What impression do you get from the staff at the front desk? Do they seem attentive to the needs of patients? Do they answer your questions respectfully, and with what appears to be accurate and complete information? Or do they seem to treat your questions as a bother and interruption?
What does the clinic space look like? Is it cheerful and one that your kid might take a shine to? Or does the space seem to be drab and unloved? Does the place look like it’s regularly kept clean? Or are there any red flags that seem to show that lack of hygiene might be an issue?
Then, when you speak with the orthodontist, get some additional information. Does he have a lot of patients who are kids? This is important if you’re looking for someone for your child. What are her clinic hours and days? How can you get in touch with him? Is it possible to do so over email, text messaging and the like? What are the applicable rates for the more common procedures? Matching costs to your budget is always going to be important.