Taking care of your oral health has long been a priority in your life; you know how important it is. Your daily hygiene routine is as close to perfect as it can be. You brush two and often three times a day. Before bed every night, you floss between each and every night. Twice a year you visit your dentist for a professional cleaning and exam. With all of this care, you should be happy to smile and show off your radiant teeth and gums. However, that is not reality. While your teeth and gums certainly are healthy, they do not have the beautiful look you would like. This is because your teeth are crooked, and that is something that just cannot be fixed through brushing and flossing. Your crooked teeth are making you self-conscious; you are not able to show off your smile because you are not proud of it. After dealing with this for virtually your whole life, you have decided to take action. You have decided it is time to begin visiting an orthodontist. However, you don’t have an orthodontic office where you live, and you are unsure about how to go about finding one. You do not know what you should look for in an orthodontist and their office. Today, we will discuss the best way to find the orthodontist that is right for you. 

  • Consult with your dentist
    Congratulations on your decision to begin orthodontic treatment; it is a great decision to make regarding your oral health and your smile. To begin your search, you first need to visit your dentist. While dentists obviously do not perform the same specialized treatments that orthodontists do, they do work closely with them, which means they are often very familiar with local orthodontists and orthodontic offices. This means that they can help you with finding an office that will be a good fit for your needs. They are a great starting point for your search. You might luck out in having a dentist that shares office space with an orthodontist; this is not uncommon and would certainly make your search an easy one.
  • Convenience is important 
    Your life is fulfilling, but very busy. You have work, family commitments, and time with friends to consider when planning your day. This can make it hard to find time for necessary health appointments, including trips to the orthodontic office. When you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, you will need to visit the office regularly, and often these appointments are time consuming. Sometimes these appointments fall only a few weeks apart, and they are all important parts of your treatment. Canceling or rescheduling them is not a good idea, so you need to be able to be at all of them. For this reason, convenience is an incredibly important factor when it comes to finding the right orthodontic office. If you choose an office that is too far out of the way, you may find yourself missing appointments, which can have a negative affect on your treatment. Look for an office that is close to your daily travels. Look in your neighborhood or along your work commute. Maybe there is an office near the stores you frequent during common errands. You should put these offices down on your list of potential orthodontists.
  • Weigh the financial costs
    Obviously, you have decided that getting great orthodontic care and creating the smile you have always wanted is well worth the cost. However, that does not mean you need to break the bank. Orthodontic care is a serious expense, and you should factor in cost when choosing an orthodontist office. You can not afford to bust your budget; putting yourself under undue financial stress in order to get the smile you deserve is not a smart move. When you are considering a variety of offices, you should ask for a price list. While you will not be able to get an exact quote for how much your treatment will cost, because this will vary based on each patient’s unique needs, you should be able to see what each orthodontist office charges for basic procedures compared to their nearby competitors. These lists will help you decide which offices you can afford and which charge too much for your budget.  Furthermore, you need to ask if the offices you are considering offer payment plans. It is possible they will let you spread the cost of treatment out over several months. You can also consult with your insurance regarding what part of your orthodontic care is covered by your dental plan.