How to Choose an Orthodontist

How to Choose an Orthodontist
Posted on 02/13/2018

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Finding the best orthodontist practice to handle the care and treatment of your smile may seem daunting. Orthodontic treatment takes time, so you need to be certain that the doctor and staff you choose makes you feel comfortable and confident. Your orthodontic experience is one that you’ll likely remember for the rest of your life, so make sure it’s something to smile about! Check out Drs. Najem & Lehky Orthodontics’ helpful suggestions for finding the best orthodontist for you below!

Recommendations are Key

If you’re looking for an orthodontist and aren’t sure where to start, our first piece of advice is to ask someone that you trust for a recommendation. Whether it’s a family member or friend, learning more about the first-hand experience of others throughout the process will be a useful tool. Your personal dentist is also a great resource, so be sure to check in with them as well. 

Take Experience into Account

Once you’ve narrowed down your list of orthodontists, it’s time to conduct your own research. Take a close look at their educational background, which schools they attended, and the ways in which they continue to expand their training and education. Keep in mind that an orthodontist is a dentist who has completed two to three additional years of residency at a university after dental school, so we encourage you to take a close look at your potential orthodontist’s past experience. 

Check Their Credentials

Before you make an appointment with an orthodontist, we also suggest that you confirm they are a licensed member of the American Association of Orthodontists. Additionally, you should verify that they are a board certified “Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics”, meaning they are up-to-date on the newest and most effective clinical procedures. 

Schedule Your Consultations

Orthodontists have unique treatment styles, so it’s important that you find the right fit for your preferences. Scheduling a free consultation is a great way to ensure that all of your orthodontic needs are met. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and make sure it’s the right doctor and staff for you! Make sure you run through the below checklist of questions:

  • Are you being treated by an orthodontist, not a general dentist or other dental specialist?
  • Who will be overseeing your treatment: the orthodontist or assistants?
  • Is the treatment fee all inclusive? Be sure to check for hidden costs for records, rechecks, retainers, and more.
  • Do they offer extended office hours before or after work and school?
  • What types of insurance does the office work with and what kind of financing do they offer?
  • Do the orthodontist and staff seem interested in making your experience personalized?

Still Need Help?

Now that you have a starting point and some helpful tips to keep in mind, it’s time to find the orthodontist that’s right for you. Feel free to explore our website and our variety of treatment options to see if Drs. Najem & Lehky Orthodontics is right for you. If you have any questions, please call us at (330) 864-3331 or schedule a consultation online with us today. We proud to provide care to patients in and around Fairlawn, Cortland, Warren, Medina, Copley and more! We look forward to hearing from you soon.