If you’ve been told that you need braces, but you aren’t sure what that means and what happens next, here’s the deal. Orthodontist specialist in correcting problems with teeth alignment and bite alignment issues, but they don’t all work in the same way or use the same techniques. Choosing the right orthodontist specialist can help ensure a more efficient and effective treatment process, which will save you money and time in the long run. Here are some tips on how to choose an orthodontist specialist that will best fit your needs, goals, and financial situation.
Specialized Versus General Dentists
Orthodontists are specialists who focus on correcting teeth with braces, bands, and other orthodontic appliances. An orthodontist is different from a general dentist in that an orthodontist has undergone more than five years of additional training. They specialize in treating dental issues that are related to teeth and jaws and typically work with kids and adults.
Orthodontists may also have a specialty such as Pediatric or Adult Dentistry or Special Needs Dentistry (working specifically with patients who have disabilities).
Start With An Evaluation
When choosing an orthodontist, be sure to consider what type of specialty he or she has. For example, if you are looking for someone who focuses on treating children with special needs, that would be a pediatric orthodontics specialist. If you need someone who specializes in more complex cases like adults with limited mobility, you might want a maxillofacial orthodontics specialist. Your chosen specialist must be also licensed and certified by his or her state. Most states require at least two years of training following dental school. The American Board of Orthodontics offers a certification process for orthodontists who meet its rigorous criteria. The ABOP provides comprehensive examinations as well as continuing education programs throughout the year to keep its certifications current and relevant.
Decide Between Invisalign® And Traditional Braces
Traditional braces are made of metal brackets and wires that are attached to teeth on either side. The wires create tension that forces teeth into position over time. Invisalign® uses a series of clear, plastic aligners which gradually shift teeth from their original positions.
Both traditional braces and Invisalign® are viable options for correcting misaligned teeth, but there are differences between them. If you’re considering an orthodontist specialist, here is some information about each option:
-Traditional braces require an initial appointment with a dentist who will make impressions and design a treatment plan. The braces themselves will be made by another dental professional and delivered to your orthodontist specialist who will fit them appropriately.
Questions To Ask During Your Consultation
What experience do you have in treating my age group?
What treatment options do you offer, and what are the differences between them?
Do you have any before-and-after photos I can look at?
What are your office hours, and what is your cancellation policy?
Is there anything I should be aware of that would cause my candidacy to be a poor match for your practice? Ask if they will provide a free initial consultation or if they require patients to pay upfront. If they don’t, find out why not. Ask about the length of appointments and how much time each patient typically spends in their chair. They should spend no more than 30 minutes per appointment. Ask about orthodontic emergencies such as dislocated teeth and tooth pain; ask when an emergency might merit coming in on an unscheduled basis. Find out how many emergency cases the office handles each month.
Choosing Between Invisalign® And Traditional Braces
When it comes to orthodontic treatments, there are two main options: traditional braces and Invisalign®. Both can have similar results, but they work in different ways. Here’s a quick overview of each option:
Invisalign® uses a series of clear aligners that gradually move your teeth into position over a while. There is no metal or wires on your teeth so it’s more comfortable than traditional braces. The downside is that you will need to wear the aligners full-time for about two years and can’t eat anything too hard or sticky during this time, like gum or crunchy chips. It also tends to be more expensive because most insurance companies don’t cover it.