5 Things to Keep in Mind While Choosing an Orthodontist

Choosing the right orthodontist for you or your family is a big deal. Teeth straightening can be a hefty investment in your future – an investment that can also take time. You want to choose an orthodontist that not only has the qualifications, experience and top notch advice you require, but an orthodontist you feel comfortable with and trust.

Securing a superbly straight and healthy smile is important to you. Make sure you do your research and settle on an orthodontist that meets your needs and end goal.

Not sure what you should be looking for when it comes to choosing an orthodontist? Place these items on your teeth straightening wish list.

Qualifications and experience

Teeth straightening requires specialist skills and expertise. Ask about your orthodontist’s qualifications and experience. Can you see framed certificates on your orthodontist’s wall showcasing their qualifications? Your orthodontist should have completed a Bachelor degree in dentistry and practised as a dentist, as well as completed specialist training in orthodontics following their degree. To practise as an orthodontist in Australia you must:

  • complete an accredited dental degree
  • have at least two years’ clinical experience as a dentist
  • complete an accredited post-graduate three year full-time degree in orthodontics
  • be registered.

Your orthodontist should be expertly trained in all methods of teeth straightening and be equipped to straighten both adult and kids’ teeth. Orthodontists love to show off their success stories. Ask your orthodontist for before and after photos of previous patients to give you a feel for their expertise and how they can help you achieve the smile you want.

Treatment options

Metal plates, braces and headgear are no longer the one-size-fits-all solution for straightening teeth. From Invisalign to Incognito, and metal braces to Clarity Advanced, new teeth straightening methods on the market have changed the way orthodontists can treat orthodontic problems in adults and kids. The road to achieving a brilliant smile is different for each patient. Your orthodontist should be experienced in all forms of teeth straightening and have the skills and expertise to explain the pros and cons for each method, and which will give you the greatest success.

Ask your orthodontist to talk to you about:

  • traditional metal braces
  • Invisalign
  • Incognito braces
  • Clarity Advanced – colourful braces
  • veneers
  • orthodontic retainers.

On examination of your teeth, your orthodontist should be able to confidently advise which method will help you or your child achieve a picture perfect smile.

Payment plan

Got money on your mind? When you think of teeth straightening, do you have dollar signs flashing before your eyes? Freaking out about how much your orthodontic treatment will cost and how you can afford it? If you have more than one child who will need their teeth straightened, flexibility of payment will be essential for you.

Getting the treatment you need should be your orthodontist’s number one priority. They want to boost your confidence and give you the smile you’ve always longed for. A smile that is not only superbly straight but healthy and pain-free. Orthodontists understand that teeth straightening can be costly and involve payments spanning years. Ask your orthodontist about interest free payment plans to allow you to get the work done that you require without having to worry about how you can afford it. Payment plans usually consist of weekly or fortnightly payments for a period of up to 24 months made payable by debit or credit card. Your orthodontist should be able to work with you to create a payment plan that you can manage. A good orthodontist knows that orthodontic treatment is a significant financial investment. Ask your orthodontist for a quote on your proposed treatment and what payment plans are available to you.

Friendly, fun and trustworthy orthodontist

Teeth straightening can be a timely process. Prepare to clock in some serious hours at your dental surgery. You need to ensure your orthodontist is not only skilled and qualified, but someone you, or your kids, feel comfortable with. You should trust your orthodontist and be able to communicate with them. Do you want someone gentle and caring, or someone with a wicked sense of humour and fun and engaging staff? Chat to the staff in your dental office to get a feel for the atmosphere. You’re going to spend a fair bit of time there, so it’s important you feel at home. You don’t want you or your kid to feel scared, overwhelmed or not able to relate to your orthodontist.

Location, location, location

Make sure your orthodontist is easily accessible for you and your family. How far is it from your office or school? Are you able to get there quickly and hassle-free? You will be seeing a lot of your orthodontist over the years, so location is important. Ensure parking is easy and not costly.

Not sure if you should get your teeth corrected?

You’ve come this far, but you’re still unsure whether you really need or want your teeth straightened. Let’s face it, a major drawcard of teeth straightening is achieving a brilliantly straight and beautiful smile. While this is all well and good, orthodontic treatment is a necessity for some. If teeth are not aligned correctly, it can result in long-term issues for you or your child. We’re talking cavities, uneven wear, and jaw pain and issues. Teeth straightening can address crooked and overcrowded teeth, close gaps between teeth, resolve bite issues and more. If you fall under one or more of these categories, contact an orthodontist today.

Choose a leading Brisbane orthodontist

Talk to the team at Australia Dental to discuss your orthodontic needs. Your Brisbane orthodontist will diagnose, prevent and treat problems related to the alignment of your teeth and jaw. They are skilled and knowledgeable about the current teeth straightening methods on the market and can advise which method is right for you or your child. Whether you need to alter the growth of your child’s jaw, correct a bite, or simply straighten teeth, your orthodontist can create a customised orthodontic treatment plan to meet your needs. Not sure if you or your kid need teeth straightening? Book a consultation with your orthodontist today to discuss.

Choose the right orthodontist for you. Book a consultation with Australia Dental today.