If you’re a brace-wearer, your orthodontist is going to be one of the most important people in your life – at least for a year or two, if not more. That’s why it’s important to choose one you can trust and rely on.

It’s also important to choose one who works close to where you live. You’re going to be making quite a few trips to see him or her. Some of them might be emergency ones. So keep them close. (If you click here, we can help you find the best orthodontist in and around your neighbourhood.) Apart from this, there are a few other things to look out for:

Professional experience

Before you set up a consultation with an orthodontist, research their educational background. Find out if they’re a member of the American Association of Orthodontists. Explore their continuing education or specialty training. Visit more than one orthodontist if you have to (we have a list of the ones closest to you here) because everyone has different treatment styles.

The latest technology and treatment

Does your orthodontist use the latest technology and treatment techniques? Dentistry has advanced by leaps and bounds the past few years and as a result, getting braces isn’t the painful nightmare it used to be (if you have the right orthodontist). It’s not just about technology though – even the office (is it modern, clean and well-lit?) will give you indications of what to expect.

Aesthetically oriented and attentive to detail

Look. If your orthodontist has a badly decorated office, is poorly dressed and has hideous pieces of art up, chances are they have absolutely no aesthetic sense – and you should run because do you really want your teeth in the hands of someone like that? It’s also important for an orthodontist to pay attention to detail. Think about it. Your mouth is complex – its importance is both anatomical and aesthetic. The best orthodontists consider all the roles your smile has to play and addresses each detail in your treatment plan. These details include measuring the spacing between teeth; the length or width of a tooth; the colour or the shape. Even the tiniest adjustment can spark a huge improvement. .

Patient and compassionate

No matter how good your orthodontist is, no matter how sparkling their reputation, if you’re not comfortable, you’re in the wrong orthodontist’s office. Your orthodontist should be patient and sensitive and it is imperative that you don’t feel shy or stupid about asking as many questions as you want. In addition, you’ll want an orthodontist who doesn’t rush through your treatment. Who’s willing to take a couple of extra minutes to make sure everything is just right.

Works close to where you live (or work)

We’ve said this before and we’ll say it again. It’s really important to find an orthodontist close to you. You will find it easier to visit frequently (and you will need to visit frequently), to maintain regular appointments and you’ll feel more prepared in case of an emergency. Our smart tools can find trusted orthodontists in your area. Just click here.