Orthodontics' goal is to provide some useful considerations that will assist patients in making a decision about the best professional to treat their orthodontic needs.
1. Do not choose a dentist, but an orthodontist.
An orthodontist, a dentist who has completed specialty training in orthodontic treatment and also attended dental school, is an expert in this field. Two additional years of training are required for an orthodontist to be able to practice orthodontics.
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2. Ask whether the provider you are considering is a board-certified orthodontist.
An orthodontist may also complete an accredited orthodontic graduate program. To further validate their skills, they can apply for certification by the American Board of Orthodontics. This status is achieved after the orthodontist passes a written exam and presents treated cases to an expert board for review
3. Find an orthodontics practice that is engaging for your child.
Research shows that compliance is a key factor in the success of treatment. The better the patient's engagement with the office and the dentist, the better the results and compliance.
4. Look for a practice that allows you to schedule appointments when you are available.
It's a good idea to find out if the orthodontist works at the same location on a regular basis. Many orthodontists split their time between several locations. It is sometimes beneficial to have an orthodontist who is flexible enough to see you at your most convenient time of the week, given our busy lives.