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5 Steps to Finding the Perfect Orthodontist

5 Steps to Finding the Perfect Orthodontist
Posted on 05/27/2015

Finding the perfect orthodontist for your child can be challenging—you want a practitioner you can trust, someone your child feels comfortable with, and someone whose treatments are proven. Most treatment plans take at least a year from start to finish, and the last thing you want to do is change providers in the middle of your child’s treatment, so making a good choice at the beginning is imperative.


One question most parents have is how can they find the right orthodontist to straighten their children’s teeth? Too many patients leave it up to chance and pick a name off their insurance policy. We recommend these five steps to help you find an orthodontist that is the right fit for your family.

1. Ask for Recommendations

Ask your dentist if he or she can recommend a good orthodontist for your child.  General dentists can gauge the effectiveness of orthodontic treatments during routine check ups, so they can give you a good opinion of which orthodontists are successful. Also, ask any friends, relatives, and colleagues if they know any good orthodontists; their advice can be invaluable in your selection process.

2. Do Your Homework

Be sure to check out any prospective orthodontists to make sure he or she is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, is board certified by the American Board of Orthodontics, and is up to date in orthodontic technologies. You can also check Yelp for local client reviews.

3. Question Him or Her in the Consultation

Don’t be afraid to ask questions during your child’s initial consultation. Be sure to get clear answers to questions like what treatments are offered, how long the treatment plan will take, what the options are, and how long the practice has been in business to ease your mind and help you feel confident in your choice of orthodontist.

4. Look at Treatment Options

There may be multiple treatment options available, so you have the ability to choose the correct course for your child’s orthodontic plan. Ask your orthodontist if there are any other option available for treatment.

5. Financial Planning

Finally, be sure to have a firm and thorough understanding of what the financial options are for your child’s orthodontic treatment. Are payments possible? Will you have to pay it all up front? Know going in what your responsibility is to prevent you from any financial stress later on in the treatment.

If you’re looking to get your child in braces, schedule and appointment with Dr. Cordoba today to discuss your option!