How To Choose an Orthodontist - Thomas Orthodontics

How To Choose an Orthodontist

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Are you considering orthodontic treatment to achieve your best smile? If so, you’re on the right track! Orthodontists are the experts when it comes to straightening teeth and aligning your bite. However, selecting the right orthodontist is one of the biggest steps in your journey.

Orthodontists and Their Role

Orthodontists are oral health care specialists who focus on correcting misaligned teeth and jaws. They help you achieve a functional bite and a better-looking smile by using various orthodontic treatments like braces, aligners, and retainers. While some dentists do offer orthodontic treatments like aligners, orthodontists are more specialized and have more experience with treating tooth alignment and bite issues.

What to Look for in an Orthodontist

Like all of your other healthcare providers, finding the right orthodontist is important for your treatment success and for your comfort level. Here are some things to consider.

Experience and Expertise

As we mentioned, some dentists offer tooth straightening treatment. But we highly recommend choosing a trained orthodontist for your treatment. Orthodontists have more specific and in-depth training in this area than typical dentists do. And, of course, you want your provider to have a high level of expertise.

Similarly, experience is a must when seeking orthodontic treatment. Look for an orthodontist who has a proven track record.

Treatment Options

When it comes to orthodontic treatments, they are not one-size-fits-all. Braces come in different forms, such as traditional braces and ceramic braces. Another treatment option is “invisible” clear aligners. Choose an orthodontist who has experience offering different options so that you will be able to determine together which is right for you.

Good Rapport

Building a strong rapport with your orthodontist is essential. Orthodontic treatment often spans several months or years, so having a positive, communicative relationship with your orthodontist can make the experience more enjoyable and stress-free.

Convenient Location

Accessibility is also a factor. Choose an orthodontist with a conveniently located office. Orthodontic treatment requires multiple appointments spaced out throughout your treatment timeline to assess your progress and make adjustments. You will not want to have to travel long distances for these appointments, so choosing an orthodontist with a convenient location will make it easier to maintain your treatment schedule.

Patient Reviews

Reading patient reviews and testimonials can provide valuable insights into the orthodontist’s practice. Look for a professional who consistently receives positive feedback, as this indicates a high level of patient satisfaction. Speaking of which, here are some of our favorite reviews from our recent patients:

  • Mary: “All three of my children and I have been treated by Dr. Bob. One of my children had a very complicated case, and it turned out wonderfully in an even shorter amount of time than Dr. Bob estimated. I have known Dr. Bob for over 20 years, have seen many of his patients, and am always impressed by how terrific the results are. The staff are always very accommodating and friendly.”
  • Kelly: “Great service! Never wait more than a few minutes! Kind ladies at the front desk as well as in back! Always answer our questions clearly and just feel so comfortable and “at home” in the Naperville office! We love Dr. Bob and everyone in the office!”
  • Jennifer: Love Dr. Robb and his entire staff! The entire experience has been amazing, and the results were worth every penny! I would highly recommend them!
  • John: “Doctor Bob is hands down the nicest, caring doctor that I have ever met and remembers your name from the second you walk in on your first visit, on top of the amazing work he gives each client. The ladies up front are just as nice as Dr. Bob.”
  • Terri: “Dr. Thomas and his Oak Lawn staff are awesome. Everyone is so kind and considerate. Appointments are always on time and fast!”
  • Cynthia: “Absolutely awesome quality work was performed on my teeth, which I believed to be hopeless. Wonderful, caring, family-friendly environment. Amazingly cheerful atmosphere!!! Highly recommend Thomas Orthodontics.”

Schedule a Consultation

Is it time for a straighter smile? A consultation isn’t a commitment, but instead, it is an excellent opportunity for us to get to know each other and see if our office is a good fit for you! Schedule your initial consultation today. We would love to discuss your options and answer all of your questions.