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How to Choose the Best Local Orthodontist for Your Child

Posted on December 8, 2021

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It can be hard to find a local orthodontist for your child. There are so many options, and it’s difficult to know which is the best choice. Here are eight factors that you should consider when choosing a local orthodontist for your child.

1. Research the Orthodontist

Before you choose a local orthodontist, it’s important to do some research. Look at their website and see where they went to school. How long have they been practicing? What are their current patients saying about them on Google or Facebook? Take some time to look around and try to find a local orthodontist that you feel comfortable with.

2. Insurance and Fees

It’s also important to consider the cost of orthodontics. You don’t want your child to have braces that are too expensive. Ensure that you find an orthodontist that accepts the type of insurance you have for your child’s family. Talk with them about what their fees are, as well. Some orthodontists may have a payment plan that you can use to help manage the cost.

3. Office Hours

Try to look for a local orthodontist that has office hours that are a good fit for your family and your lifestyle. If you have two working parents, you probably struggle with normal working hours. Look for orthodontists who work late or on weekends.

4. Ask Friends and Family for Recommendations

If you’re looking for a local orthodontist, ask around. Talk to your friends and family members who have kids with braces to see if they have experience with any local orthodontists in your area. If you have a friend who has a child with braces, ask them which local orthodontist they use and if their experience was good or bad. This is probably the easiest way to find out about the best local orthodontists in your community.

Orthodontic treatment may help an estimated 50-75% of people (per the American Association of Orthodontists). However, this is dependent on the personal situation, treatment approach, and the orthodontist you choose. It is therefore very important that you do your research before seeking treatment. To learn more or to schedule an orthodontic consultation, contact the friendly team at Today’s Orthodontics!


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