While it is true than an attractive, healthy smile is an asset that can last a lifetime, not all orthodontic treatment is of the same quality. Choosing the right Orthodontist for your family is too important to simply accept the lowest bid. All smiles are not created equally and simply because a dentist has a license is unfortunately not a guarantee that you’ll be happy with the results. Here are four simple things you may want to consider as you choose your Orthodontist:
Consider the organization of the office and staff. Although you may not thoroughly understand all of the terminology or treatment recommendations initially, you can tell a well-run office when you see one. Is everything clean and in its place? Are the technology and equipment up-to-date? Is the staff friendly, well-trained, and helpful? If so, it is safe to assume that an equal amount of care will go into the treatment the office will provide. What kind of care will you receive from a doctor who cuts corners on his facility and staff just so his fee can be a little lower?
Another consideration should be the Doctor’s attitude towards his job. Will he be passionate about your care? Can he communicate his vision of your treatment plan so that it makes sense? Does he remove braces early because time is up, or does he finish the job? Will he examine your child at every appointment to make sure that treatment stays on schedule? Not all Orthodontists are “hands-on” and it shows in the final results.
Also consider whether the Orthodontist really a good doctor. How did you find him, a recommendation or an advertisement? Have you actually seen results of his work? Do you have friends who are a part of the office? There is misconception that as long as a Doctor has a degree, he’ll be able to give you the same results as anyone else. If that was the case, finding the lowest fee would make sense. Unfortunately, not all treatment is the same. Some Orthodontists do not stay current on the proven state of the art approach Orthodontics can provide today. Some Doctors, such as Dr. Boschken are very particular about their final results and focus on ideal mechanical function as well as a truly beautiful aesthetic result. For something this important, you should carefully decide what approach is important to you.
Finally, how do you feel when you are in the office? Is it a good fit for you and your family? Is it a happy, fun place? Unlike your family physician that you only see when you are sick, you will be visiting your orthodontist and his staff for at least a couple of years, sometimes five or six years if the treatment is done in two phases. You should feel very comfortable and happy and that is primarily why here at Boschken Orthodontics, we want you to feel like you are right at home.
Simply stated, all Orthodontic treatment is NOT the same. The facilities and technology are a reflection of the Orthodontist who will create the smile that you or your child will have the rest of your life. Special attention should be taken to choose the Doctor that you will entrust with this important care. As with most things in life, you usually really do get what you pay for, and when it comes to your smile, you can’t afford to make a mistake. Why not give us a call and visit with us for a spectacular Orthodontic experience? (408) 225-6660