Selecting the right orthodontist can be quite a daunting task. If a dentist recommends, he or she will probably name a few for you to check out. Also be sure to ask your friends, family, coworkers, and any good neighbors for some more recommendations. Beyond that, here are the helpful tips to make this task of choosing a good orthodontist less daunting:
- Create a list of the recommended orthodontists. Write the names, numbers addresses, etc, then leave some space beside the name for some note-taking later.
- Find a block of time in your day and start calling from the top of the list. Make sure you catch the name of the receptionist just in case you need to call back for some reason.
- Figure out if you are covered under insurance or benefits and bring it up when talking to the receptionist.
- Check to see if the orthodontist uses all the latest options for braces as well as options for trendy and "cool" accessories. These places will almost always be also using the latest and best equipment.
- Be sure to double-check their payment policy. Is there an initial deposit required? Is there a payment plan? Will interest be charged?
- Ask about consultation. Many orthodontists will do this to educate you and see if you need their help or not. This can be a great source of information as well as a second opinion.
During the consultation, be sure to ask lots of questions. A good orthodontist and staff will gladly answer all your questions. The more you know about each office, staff, and individual orthodontist, the more informed decision you can make. Orthodontic treatments are usually long-term and costly, so it is worth your time to do the research.