Tips for Finding the Right Orthodontist to Do Your Treatment

A professional’s skill and experience are vital to the success of your orthodontic treatment. The right orthodontist can make the difference between a great smile and a poor treatment.

Good orthodontic practice is a result of a thorough understanding of the principles of teeth movement, dedication to ongoing learning, and an ability to apply this to the patient’s individual needs. The orthodontist should provide you with a clear explanation of the treatment plan. 

When choosing an orthodontist, it is essential to know as much as possible about their qualifications and approach to treatment. The following information will help you determine if a particular orthodontist is suitable for you.

Qualifications of the Orthodontist

You should review and ask questions about the orthodontist’s qualifications. Take the time to look at the diplomas and certificates awarded to orthodontists that demonstrate their special expertise in the field.

Part in a Team

Orthodontic treatment is an interdisciplinary field, and most orthodontists work in conjunction with other specialists like dental surgeons, dentists, oral surgeons, periodontists, pediatric dentists, pediatric oral surgeons, and endodontists. Thus, it is best to choose a specialist who is part of a team.


The orthodontist should have substantial practical experience with the problems that you face. The more experience they have, the better they will be able to diagnose your individual dental issues, evaluate possible remedies, and predict the outcome of treatment. Ask the following questions:

  • How long have you been in practice?
  • How many orthodontic patients do you see?
  • What kinds of problems have you treated?
  • What time frame do you suggest for treatment?
  • What are the possible outcomes of treatment?
  • How much experience have you had with my specific problem?

The degree of complexity of the treatment will determine the amount of time the orthodontist would need to devote to you. For example, patients with complex issues may require more extended examination periods and frequent appointments. The orthodontist should be able to provide you with a detailed estimate of the time involved in your treatment.

Bedside Manner

Your relationship with your orthodontist should be a professional one with mutual respect and trust. Be aware that some orthodontists tend to be abrupt or may give you a feeling of being unimportant. If you feel that the orthodontist you are consulting is not treating you respectfully or has difficulty communicating, this is not a good sign.

Ask to see examples of the previous work done by the orthodontist. If the orthodontist does not want to show you, this is also a bad sign.


Ideally, you should choose an orthodontist who is located nearby. If you have to travel a long distance for treatment, there are other things to consider:

  • Do you have to take time off from work?
  • What is the transport situation like in your area?
  • Is the orthodontist’s office located in an area of town that is convenient for you?
  • Is parking easy?


A consultation fee is charged by most orthodontists, who will also provide you with a quote for the costs of treatment as soon as possible after your consultation. You should not feel rushed into making a decision about treatment. The quote may not be final and may change according to your needs.

Ask for a written quote, including the cost of any supplies that the orthodontist recommends and any additional treatment required during the period. Know that many general and specialist dentists provide orthodontic services. You may also be able to choose a dentist you are already comfortable with.


It is important to choose an orthodontist who will work with you to achieve your individual goals. If you feel confident in the orthodontist and the proposed treatment, it is likely to be a successful experience.

Do you need a Newton orthodontist? Rely on Waban Dental Group. We provide a full range of dental services for your entire family and set the standard for exceptional care. Request an appointment now.

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