The Top Five Considerations When Choosing an Orthodontist for Your Child
August 12, 2015
By Richard A. Kaye, DDS, MSD Choosing an orthodontist used to be easy. Your pediatric dentist gave you a couple of referrals and you chose from among them. But nowadays, there are many approaches to straightening teeth and there’s more information than ever available online, so you can do your own research before making a decision. Needless to say, it can be overwhelming. That’s why I put together five major considerations that can help guide your decision. I hope it’s helpful to you.
1. A Positive Experience
This one is extremely important, as you’ll be visiting the orthodontist frequently during treatment. Good practices make their patients and families feel right at home by working together to create a positive experience. The end goal: boosting self-esteem and confidence, not only through the development of a beautiful smile but also through the experience along the way.
2. Advanced Treatment Options
You'll want to be sure that the latest orthodontic treatment options are available to you, many of which enable reduced treatment time and maximize comfort. From mini metal braces and crystal clear braces to Invisalign, the "clear" alternative to straight teeth for teens and adults, make certain your choice for an orthodontist provides these treatment options.
3. A Good Reputation
There’s nothing like a personal referral, so ask other parents whose kids are in treatment to share their experiences with their orthodontist. At the same time, there’s a wealth of information about many practices online, on the popular review sites. Have a look at Google, Yelp, Healthgrades and even Facebook for feedback from parents beyond your network. You’ll get unbiased, third party insights that can help you make an informed decision.
As you’ll be visiting the orthodontist frequently while your child is in treatment, it makes sense to choose a practice that has an office (or offices!) near you as well as flexible hours that suit your schedule. Also ask about the practice’s track record of running “on-schedule.” Your time is valuable, and you don’t want to spend it waiting for appointments.
5. Easy Payment Plans
Choose a practice that offers various financial options that will work for you. You have a right to affordable and high quality treatment within your budget. Look for practices that offer flexibility, such as monthly payment plans with no finance charges.
Morrone & Kaye Orthodontics has locations in Moorestown and Mount Holly, New Jersey, and serves the surrounding towns of Mount Laurel, Cherry Hill, Cinnaminson, Delran, Lumberton, Burlington Township and Eastampton.
Call to set up your complimentary consultation. Our friendly team is waiting to answer any of your questions and start you or your child on a path to a gorgeous smile. Call us at 856-234-4044 (Moorestown location) or 609-267-1221 (Mount Holly location). We can’t wait to meet you!