3 Qualities to Look for in a Family Orthodontist
Posted on January 5, 2023
According to the American Association of Orthodontists, parents should address any signs of orthodontic issues as soon as possible, preferably before the child turns seven. It’s definitely worth the time it takes to find the right family orthodontist. Because orthodontic treatments require regular appointments over long periods of time, you’ll want an orthodontist that is skilled, professional, and has good communication skills. Let’s take a closer look at a few of the important qualities to look for when choosing a family orthodontist.
1. Proper Licenses and Certification
Before scheduling an appointment with a potential new family orthodontist, be sure to double-check their credentials. Having an orthodontist who doesn’t hold the right certifications and licenses is usually not a good option. Their lack of credentials could even affect your insurance coverage and payments. It’s easy to double-check their qualifications through the state dental board.
2. Effective Communication Skills
As with any medical care provider, strong communication skills are a must. You’ll want to interact with an organized office staff that provides all of the administrative needs of the practice in a professional manner. Scheduling appointments and dealing with insurance are two of their main functions. When it comes to the orthodontist, you’ll want to make sure that their personality is a good fit for your family, especially any children who will be receiving orthodontic treatment. Good communication is the foundation for all successful doctor-patient relationships.
3. Strong References or Patient Referrals
Take the time to speak with any references or referrals that the office gives you. Talking with current or former patients is a great way to learn more about the doctor’s personality and how they’ll be received by your family. You’ll also want to learn more about the overall office environment and how organized the staff is. Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you need to. Taking the time to fully vet your new orthodontist can help you avoid any further problems down the road.
Make sure that you take the time to find the family orthodontist who is a good fit for your needs. In addition to proper qualifications, you’ll want them to have strong communication skills and positive references. We would welcome the opportunity to be your family orthodontist, and help your children with all of their orthodontic needs. Contact our office today to learn more.