4 Factors to Consider When Choosing an Orthodontist
Follow these tips to make the right decision
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Studies show that lots of students visit the orthodontist during their summer or winter vacations. Perhaps you’ve considered it during this long period of COVID-19 lockdown. Since orthodontic treatment usually takes a long time and can drastically alter your appearance, most people prefer to do it when they have more time to be alone. However, most people get orthodontic treatment in their youth because it’s considered a “golden time” to solve crooked teeth that cause both aesthetic and functional problems. The response to orthodontic treatment is relatively fast if you receive treatment while your facial bones are still growing. This is why orthodontic care can be completed more quickly when you are an adolescent than when you’re an adult. Therefore, vacation is the best time for adolescent correction.
Some people think the most important thing to consider when choosing an orthodontist is price. Lots of dental clinics offer discounts in order to capitalize on the high demand for orthodontic treatment. Of course, however, you shouldn’t choose your orthodontist just based on price! There are a lot of other more important things to consider than just how cheap the treatment is. With that in mind, today, we will learn about what to consider when choosing an orthodontist so that you can receive the best care.
Factors to Consider When Choosing an Orthodontist
1. Experience and Education
Unlike other dental treatments, orthodontic treatment takes a long time. The dentists should have a lot of experience in order to produce satisfactory results. Therefore, it is best to get treatment from an orthodontist with a lot of experience that can work with you from the beginning to the end of your treatment.
Only a small number of dental students become orthodontists. To receive their orthodontist license, they should complete their internship and residency courses at designated training hospitals and pass a specialist exam. Only about 2% of all dentists in Korea become orthodontists.
If you are not sure whether your orthodontist is qualified or not, you can check if they have an orthodontist license or search the name of your dentist on the Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service’s website.
2. Stick with One Doctor
As mentioned earlier, orthodontic treatments take a long time. Therefore, it is very important to have the same dentist throughout the course of your treatment so that there is no confusion caused by switching dentists. This is the best way to receive immediate attention when an unexpected accident occurs (such as a bracket breaking or a wire stabbing your mouth).
If a medical professional who has qualified as an “orthodontist” opens their own clinic, it will be known as an Orthodontics Clinic. When choosing an orthodontist, you can check that the clinic has been certified as an orthodontics clinic and that the owner is a certified orthodontist.
As we have already mentioned, experience is very important when choosing an orthodontist. However, communication is also important. You should look for an orthodontist who is able to explain how treatment will work, step-by-step. They should also be able to clearly explain the goals for your treatment so that you and your dentist are on the same page. This is one of the best ways to receive satisfactory treatment.
We hope these four tips will help you when choosing an orthodontist in the future. Orthodontic treatment is very expensive and takes a long time so it’s important to ensure that you have the most qualified dentist working with you. Make sure they have a lot of experience and can explain your treatment to you. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!