There is nothing more important than your child.And when it comes to medical care, parents will want the very best for them. Orthodontists are the experts behind a straight smile and, thanks to today’s technology, it is possible to predict the alignment of the teeth early on. But what can you do in order to choose the best pediatric orthodontist for your child? Here are five things you should consider.
The first most obvious factor to consider when choosing a pediatric orthodontist is to check their qualifications. These will likely be on display in the office and online. They will have first completed a Bachelor of Dentistry and then a Master in Orthodontics. If you can only see the Bachelor of Dentistry, then they might not have the correct skills to be performing orthodontic treatments on your child. For absolute certainty, you can check whether they belong to The General Dental Council. Every legitimate orthodontist will belong to this register as it is a mandatory action. For orthodontics and dentistry, it requires a very long time in education, and so orthodontists and dentists will want to broadcast their achievements widely. Essentially, they, themselves, are promoting their skills and expertise. They should want you to be able to trust them and understand that the good treatment of patients leads to more patients.
Experience with Children
As a parent, the likely thinking is that a person might be a trained orthodontist but how good are they with children. This concern will be higher for parents with autistic, overly shy, or anxious children. The first thing to learn is that an orthodontist should not be offended if you inquire about their experience with children. In fact, they will likely be pleased that you did. They will be able to talk you through their experience and how they handle each case differently depending on the individual. If you happen to know the parents of other children that have had braces you can always ask them who they used and how they were. A surgery with child-friendly decorations, toys, and activities is a good indication that your child will receive proper treatment. Testimonials are always important for pediatric orthodontists and it’s a big deal so the chances are slim that people would make them up.
A sign of a really good pediatric orthodontic is how often they attend seminars and training courses. Just because they have completed their qualifications and attended medical school, it doesn’t mean that their learning is complete. Technology and medicine continue to advance, and so there are regular training sessions available for professionals to learn the latest techniques. An orthodontist that takes pride in what they do will want to be on top. They will want to be aware of all the advancements, techniques, and the latest equipment. This counts for a lot in orthodontics. If there is a more comfortable and successful treatment or method you would want your child’s orthodontist to be aware of it.
The Consultation Test
Almost all orthodontic practices will offer the first consultation for free. This is your chance to see for yourself the type of care that your child will receive. For all appointments, an orthodontist won’t be alone. Instead, there is a team that consists of a dental nurse, treatment coordinator, and an orthodontic therapist. The additional heads should mean that your child is in the very best care. This is also the time for you to inquire about the dental plan and the insurance coverage. During the consultation, you can observe how the team interacts with your child and how comfortable your child feels around them. Toward the end of the session, you should be fully informed about what procedure is needed and how long it would take. Because an oral examination is usually performed during the free consultation, you will also get the opportunity to see first-hand the approach and attitude that the orthodontist has toward your child. It will show the techniques they use to calm and reassure the child. Observe how often the orthodontist asks your child if they are OK and pay close attention to how your child acts toward them. Your child should also feel happy for that specific orthodontist to complete the orthodontic work in the future.
One of the top considerations should be your own dentist’s recommendations. Both dentists and orthodontists work are related, and they can both see the others work. If a dentist were to recommend a shoddy orthodontist, then they would end up with more work in order to correct it. Neither party should want this as it is entirely unnecessary. When your dentist does offer a recommendation, take to the Internet to find out what others are saying about them. Be sure to check multiple review sites including social media pages so that you can get the best understanding of the orthodontic professional. Before and after photos should be visible both online and in the surgery which will show their skills. Overall, if a dentist recommends an orthodontist, then it shows that a professional reputation has been built. It’s likely that you trust your dentist and they will know that so they wouldn’t want to recommend a lousy orthodontist to you that doesn’t care about oral hygiene or your child’s welfare and jeopardize that trust. After all, these people are poking around in your mouth near your teeth.
At the end of the day, orthodontists choose to stay on for further training which means that it’s a lot of hard work down the drain if they do not work to the expected standard. Braces can be fitted on adults; however, it is a lot more common for children to have them due to the fact that they are still growing. This is also what makes it so important that they have the alignment issue resolved as soon as possible. Failure to do this could lead to a lot of problems down the line.