When you begin your search for an orthodontic practice in the Roanoke area, you should have lots of questions. After all, you’re not just getting braces or Invisalign. You’re trusting your orthodontist with your smile! Without a doubt, you want to work with a staff who is qualified and prepared to guide you through treatment. And because your treatment will typically last from 18 months to two years or more, you want to feel comfortable, too.
We’ve put together this guide to help you choose an orthodontics practice. Of course, we hope that’s Roanoke Valley Orthodontics, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions for you. But our ultimate goal with this post is to give you enough information to choose the practice that’s right for you.
When it’s time to find an orthodontist, consider these questions:
Will you be treated by an orthodontist?
This question might seem funny, but it’s important. Orthodontists are the only practitioners who have completed two to three years of specialized training after dental school in the straightening and alignment of the teeth and jaws. Orthodontists have experience and treatment options that are not available to dentists who practice orthodontics.
What treatment options does the practice provide?
Look for a practice that offers a variety of treatments, including traditional metal braces, Invisalign, and ceramic braces. Be skeptical of any treatment that offers orthodontist-quality results in just a few months.
What treatment plan does the doctor recommend for you?
The staff should fully explain their proposed treatment plan. Ask if there are options and how each option would affect overall treatment time and outcome. How often will you need to visit the office during treatment? What care are you expected to do at home? What’s the post-treatment plan? If you are the parent of a younger child, who perhaps doesn’t have all the adult teeth yet, ask about the orthodontist’s experience with early interceptive treatment.
What payment plans does the practice offer? Which insurance plans does the practice work with?
Most orthodontics practices have financial options in place to help you manage the cost of treatment. Be sure to ask about financing fees, the option to extend payment beyond treatment and discounts for payment in full up front. Find out if the practice will file insurance documents on your behalf.
Will you have to pay for your first visit?
Many practices offer a free initial consultation. Ask for one.
Does the practice have references and reviews from former patients?
Look for your orthodontist online. Find references and reviews on their website and around the web. If you want more information, ask the staff to connect you to a former patient who will be willing to speak to you.
Where is the practice located? What are the hours?
Remember, you’re making a long-term commitment to treatment, so try to make it as convenient as possible. Ask if it’s a priority for them to ensure that appointments are running on time so that your absence from work or school is easy to plan and as short as possible.
The best possible outcome of your treatment is your healthiest, most beautiful smile. When you choose an orthodontist, that should be your shared goal.
For more information about starting treatment, visit the New Patients section of our website.
— Dr. Jones and the Roanoke Valley Orthodontics team