How to Choose an Orthodontist

Choosing an Orthodontist – Campbelltown, Macarthur region

Orthodontic treatment has the potential to be a long process, requiring regular visits with the Orthodontist, so you’ll want to make sure you or your child is comfortable with the doctor and the staff. Your orthodontic experience is something you’ll remember for the rest of your life, so make sure it’s something you can smile about. The best way to find a good Orthodontist is to ask someone you trust for a recommendation – most of the time this will be your dentist or your family or friends

Consider education and experience

Once you have a list of a few orthodontists, do a little research. All Orthodontists begin their careers as dentists after completing a 5 to 6 year degree in dentistry, followed by a further 3 years intensive postgraduate degree in the speciality of Orthodontics. Only after completing this can an Orthodontist attach the credential of being a ‘Specialist Orthodontist’ to their name.

Because this is such a complex and specialized field, you may want to consider the number of years of experience the Orthodontist has as well to ensure you’ve placed yourself in the best possible hands.

Before you set up a consultation with an orthodontist, make sure he or she is a licensed member of the Australian Society of Orthodontists. This ensures that they remain up-to-date on the newest and most effective clinical procedures as well as maintaining the high standards of practice adhered to by all professionals in this field.

Ask questions

During your consultation, don’t be afraid to ask questions. After all, that’s why you’re there! It’s important for you to understand what type of orthodontic issues you have and the most effective ways to treat them. The more informed you are about your own dental health, the better decisions you will be able to make.

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