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Choosing your Orthodontist

Dr. Jeffrey Jordan
By Jeffrey Jordan Jordan Orthodontics

The person you entrust to provide your orthodontic care will deliver the smile that will be with you for important events like a first date, high school graduation, your wedding day, and from the beginning of your career until the end. This is an important decision! If you know what to look for in an Orthodontist, it can help make a difficult search easier.

An Orthodontist is a specialist, trained in aligning the teeth and jaws, usually a top graduate from dental school, completing an additional two to three years of rigorous training. This instruction makes him or her uniquely qualified to deliver a healthier mouth, a more pleasing appearance, and teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime. Only an Orthodontist can be a member of the American Association of Orthodontist or be a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthodontics. So, look for the logo, making sure you’re getting an Orthodontist!

An Orthodontist with a full time practice is more likely to be available for the reality of poking wires, broken brackets, or any other emergency situations that need to be addressed.

Over the course of your treatment, your Orthodontist will evaluate your bite at each appointment, making the continuum of care unbroken. You will want to find an Orthodontist that offers convenient office hours, including after school appointments. You will see your Orthodontist often; so, compatibility is important.

Today, there are a variety of treatment options, but only an Orthodontist has the training and expertise to design a plan to achieve your desired smile. Ceramic braces deliver the esthetics of clear braces with the functionality of metal braces.

For bite problems that previously required braces, Invisalign is available. Invisalign does the software imaging and the manufacturing process, but you need a qualified, certified, experienced Orthodontist to achieve great results!
Here are a few helpful questions when interviewing an Orthodontist:

  • 1) What needs to be done?
  • 2) What are my options?
  • 3) What are the consequences if I don’t do the treatment now?
  • 4) How long will the treatment take?
  • 5) What are your office hours?
  • 6) How long have you been in practice?
  • 7) How much will this cost?
  • 8) How is the treatment cost determined?

Whether you are considering orthodontic treatment for yourself, your child or just someone you love, an Orthodontist will guide you through the process, align your teeth, correct your bite, and create a smile that you love. The laughter is up to you! ■


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