Starting orthodontic treatment can be a daunting affair for you or your family members. It is important to get the right treatment from the right expert. You will need to completely trust your orthodontist who will shape your smile for years to come: That is why it is prudent to choose wisely. In this post, we will show you 7 signs of a good orthodontist so you can make that choice. Let’s get choosing.
Before you even think of who, the fact that they are an orthodontist is impressive. Orthodontic residency programs are among the most competitive and only the best dental students are picked. They are all the best, but some are even better. We’ll get into the qualifications later. For now, let’s discuss the more personal aspects of a good orthodontist; starting with…
The orthodontist must be a go-to kind of person. You are about to let this person into your life. The orthodontist will know intimate details about your health, and your teeth will be etched into the minds of your doctor and the office staff.
In terms of trust, some orthodontists may recommend treatment which is unnecessary or unsuitable for you. This is bad for you and your teeth. A good orthodontist should have your best interest in mind and set the appropriate path to get there. Treatment should not be biased by product promotions or achieving preferred status with vendors. A good orthodontist will be ready to answer all questions.
A good orthodontist will be passionate about all mouths, large or small and with whatever issues are inside. A good orthodontist will see your malocclusions as a challenge and step-up to the journey from crooked to straight.
A good orthodontist will know the mouth fully. They will know which teeth needs moving. Teeth of all types and shapes will be taken into account by the mind of the expert and a fully mapped out treatment plan will spark in their brain.
You can see passion if you look. Does the orthodontist display the following?
- Pleasant and professional
- Makes good eye contact
- You get a good first impression
- Provides honest, educated feedback
- Is agnostic to any particular procedure; has your best interest in mind
A good orthodontist will need this amongst the other skills. His or her entire career will be dealing with humans. A skittish or uncommunicative doctor isn’t going to get to the bottom of your malocclusions. In the orthodontic realm, chair-side manners are the name of the game. Does the orthodontist speak clearly and use terms and descriptions that you can understand?
People skills also encompass appropriate attire and hygiene levels. You may not want to sit under a bright light looking up at a scruffy man or a woman with bad breath. If the orthodontist can’t be bothered to shave or comb their hair, what else are they lacking in?
A Quality Environment
When you go for an appointment, you may be nervous or apprehensive. That is why the office needs to be welcoming and clean. You would not want to visit a dusty, dated place with old furniture. A contemporary office need not be a masterpiece of design, but rather a simple well thought out space exhibiting cleanliness and that an effort was made for your comfort.
A quality environment needs quality equipment. Does your orthodontist use the latest equipment and scanning devices?
Good with Children?
It is an important factor in the success of an orthodontist. Working with kids is tough, but necessary. As it is recommended to at least get a check-up around the age of 7, a good orthodontist will know a child’s mouth as well as an adults. Is your child or teen comfortable around the doctor?… If not you will know when you get home, and possibly time to seek another less scary expert?
Okay, this is a super important bit. You wouldn’t let a dustcart driver operate a rocket ship, why would you let an unqualified human near your teeth and therefore your wellbeing? A good orthodontist has passed all the tests and has shown an aptitude for teeth since dental school and has spent an exorbitant amount of time studying and practicing for their careers.
It is said that most orthodontists choose the dental profession at an early age and some just carry on being brilliant after dental school. Does the orthodontist have all the qualifications below?
- A bachelor’s degree
- A dental degree (DDS or DMD)
- Completed a general practice residency (many Dentists do not)
- A certificate of orthodontics gained through a residency
Also, is the orthodontist recognized by the latest technological companies? Check they have got…
- Invisalign Provider Level
- Damon System training
- Further Lingual training
Like most professionals, orthodontists thrive or dive from the customer’s feedback. A good orthodontist will have a host of top reviews. If you are considering an orthodontist who doesn’t get high ratings, it is important for you to find out why and if the reasons are important to you, consider researching for another expert near you.
A bit more on reviews: Reviews are a great way to learn from the mouths and hearts of those who have sought treatment before you. Here you’ll find out how the doctor operated and if they showcase the points mentioned above which are important to you. You’ll find jolly examples from people who have just finished treatment and are clearly overjoyed at their new smile. That is after all why an orthodontist does what he or she does and why you sought their expertise, the all-important super straight smile.
Peninsula Orthodontics, we care about your smile, well-being, and happiness. You’re a name not a number to us. Dr. Hou and her expert team will showcase the above and more to ensure you end up with a smile you are proud of. We support diversity and welcome all. We even converse in Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese.
Contact us TODAY and set up a complimentary consultation to ascertain what we can do for your smile.
7 Signs of a Good Orthodontist