How To Choose An Orthodontist
Choosing an orthodontist is much like getting a quote for any work, you need to make sure you choose a local orthodontic practice that has a good reputation and knows what they are doing. But how do you know that? How do you find out the information that you need before making a timely and financial commitment?
We’ve put together this handy guide to help you find your perfect local orthodontist.
Are they a specialist?
Orthodontists spend long periods of time training after qualifying as a dentist first to become specialists in their field. It’s perfectly reasonable to ask your local orthodontist if they’re a specialist. Here at Smile101, our Specialist Orthodontists include Dr Sheila Chauhan, Dr Andras Iffiu and Dr Nadia Hikmat.
Does the practice provide services for children?
This is an important question to ask even if you are not enquiring about services for a child. To specialize as an Orthodontist, further training, as well as other appealing traits, are required. For example, a local orthodontist used to with child patients will have a particular skill set when it comes to handling nervous & fearful patients.
Does the practice treat adults?
Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for children and teenagers! There are plenty of reasons to decide to ‘fix your smile’ as an adult. Including boosting confidence, cosmetic and practical reasons. There is no denying how having pride in your smile can change your life!
Is there a FREE consultation?
You want your first exam at your local orthodontic practice to be an opportunity to ask questions about the practice, your treatment options, treatment time and costs. They also give you a chance to get to know the surgery and staff who will be working with you during your treatment. Orthodontic treatment can become costly and often takes some time to complete so it’s very important you meet the people who will be working with you throughout your treatment and that you are in a comfortable environment. Smile101 offer a free consultation to all new patients young and older.
Does the practice use the latest technology?
The world of orthodontics develops from year to year, and it’s important for practices to keep up with technology. The Smile101 Guildford surgery is now using iTero scanners, which eliminates the mess and unpleasantness associated with traditional impressions, which is a greater comfort for patients with strong gag reflexes and who don’t enjoy trips to the orthodontist. The iTero Scanner can also help patients visualize in 3D how your teeth may look at the end of teeth straightening Invisalign treatment.
Does the quoted fee include retainers?
We’ve spoken about the important role retainers play in orthodontic treatment before. Once your treatment has finished, you will need to ensure you wear a retainer every single night to avoid your teeth moving back to their original position. It’s good to ask before your treatment about additional costs for retainers and any other hidden costs that may occur during your treatment so you can be prepared.
Will you be charged for emergency appointments?
This is a very important question to ask during your consultation as you could require emergency appointments throughout your treatment – especially if you are getting fixed braces. Sometimes, wires and brackets can work themselves loose, become painful and require an appointment asap. It’s good to be aware of any additional costs before you commit to treatment.
Are you going to feel comfortable and well looked after?
The average treatment time for braces is between 18 months and 3 years. You’re going to be spending a lot of time with your chosen orthodontist so it’s vital that you feel well looked after and comfortable with the team that will be treating you.
What do their other patients say about them?
The best way to find out how your local orthodontist treats patients is to read what the patients themselves have to say about it! Our Windsor & Guildford surgeries keep testimonial books that every single patient we have ever treated signs and record their experiences in when their treatment comes to an end. You can also read our testimonials here.