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October 28, 2016

Tips for Finding an Orthodontist

Consider convenience when trying to find an orthodontist. The practice should be close to work or close to the school of the children so that it’s easy to go back and forth. Finding the practice within your local area should be relatively easy, you can do a quick online search or go to the American Association of Orthodontists which will have a list of orthodontists in your area. The most important thing is to go visit the office and interact with people. You want to be at a place where you feel comfortable, this is a medium-term commitment. You’re going to be there for two to three years, so it’s important that you know that you’re going to be able to feel comfortable going down the road.

Timing is extremely important when undergoing treatment, because in a way an orthodontist can guide the position of your teeth as you grow. Certain aspects or certain positions of your teeth or of your jaw are best addressed when you’re young. If you do not do that treating those, at a later age can be more difficult, or may not even be done with braces but rather with oral surgery as it happened in my case. Definitely, time is of the essence, the American Board of Orthodontists and the American Association of Orthodontists recommend for a patient to have his or her first screening at age eight. You can pretty much see from age eight to say, twenty a lot of growth happens, so if you get the orthodontist involved from the beginning you’re more likely to get the results you want from treatment.