Finding a PERFECT orthodontist for your child is not an easy task as you have to consider many things before making your selection of an orthodontist for your child. While you have to make sure the practitioner that you are choosing is the one you can trust upon, you also have to be assured that your child will feel comfortable with the orthodontist and at the same time the orthodontist has proven treatments track record. You don't want to be in a situation where in the middle of treatment you have to change orthodontist. Therefore making a right choice in the beginning is best action. Now when you know importance of finding a perfect orthodontist for your child, question arise how you can find that "perfect orthodontist"? Ideally you should be covering these 4 steps to find perfect orthodontist for your family.
01. Ask for Recommendations: Ask your dentist if they can recommend a good orthodontist for your child. In their routine practice dentists see many patients who have had orthodontic treatment performed by different orthodontists. Based on their experience and qualification, dentist can judge results of orthodontic treatment performed by various orthodontists. Therefore dentists can give you the best opinion of which orthodontists are successful. Not just that, you may want to ask you friend, relatives and colleagues if they know any orthodontist with proven track record.
02. Do search on Internet: After you have made initial list of orthodontists based on the recommendations, it can be a good idea to spend some time on the internet trying to find-out patient testimonials and reviews of those orthodontists. This way you can filter out some orthodontists out of your list where patient reviews and testimonials do not give you strong signal.
03. Questions to ask: Make arrangement to visit at least 3 orthodontists before making your final decision. Don't hesitate to ask questions during your initial consultation. Observe whether orthodontist answer your questions properly, and understand your concerns. Your questions should cover thing like: •What are the available options for orthodontic treatments of your child? •How long treatment plan will take? •Can orthodontist provide written treatment plan and cost estimates etc.
04. Financial planning / payment plan: Be sure to understand the finance options available for your child's orthodontic treatment. Some orthodontists offer monthly payment plans. In case where monthly payments are available check how much up front payment needs to be made. You have to understand payment plan properly to make sure the financial liability does not stress you going forward in future.