6 Crucial Questions to Ask When Choosing an Orthodontist
Finally ready to take the steps toward your dream smile? When it comes to choosing an orthodontist for your family, there are a lot of factors to consider—how do you know which one is right for your smile’s unique needs? At Johnson Family Orthodontics, we’ve served patients of all ages with various services, from traditional braces to Invisalign®. As a result, we’ve compiled a list of six crucial questions to ask when making your decision:
1. What is your certification and experience?
It’s essential to ensure your orthodontist is certified with the proper educational background. While many dentists offer orthodontic treatment, they most likely don’t have the scope of experience and treatment options that an orthodontist does. So start by asking about their level of experience in treating the type of orthodontic care you’re seeking. For instance, if you are looking for someone to provide braces for your little one, you might want to find an orthodontist specializing in pediatric orthodontics.
Dr. Johnson is a certified orthodontist who specializes in conventional treatments, cleft-lip/palate issues, habit appliances, and Invisalign®. As a father of 6, he knows how to handle the younger crowd and provides a fun and welcoming environment for patients of all ages!
2. What types of treatment options do you offer?
When picking an orthodontist, you want to choose one that offers a variety of treatment options. Ask if they specialize in traditional braces or provide the latest advancements in care like Invisalign® and other clear aligner options.
At Johnson Family Orthodontics, our services include:
- Traditional metal braces
- Clear (ceramic) braces
- Lingual braces
If needed, Dr. Johnson even specializes in palatal expanders to help make room for your little ones’ teeth to grow into proper alignment! We also provide additional services such as teeth whitening, retainers, and mouthguards to keep your smile looking its best for years to come.
3. What will my treatment look like?
You’re probably itching to know how long you can expect to wear your appliances. However, when it comes to orthodontic treatments, no two cases are the same. Ask your orthodontist to discuss your treatment plan and set realistic expectations for the timeline and outcome of your care. During your consultation, Dr. Johnson will provide you with a personalized plan for your specific needs and timeframes. We ensure that all our patients clearly understand what to expect throughout their treatment plan.
4. Are there any payment options available?
The cost of orthodontic care can add up quickly, but several payment plans and options are available to make treatments more affordable. Asking each orthodontist if they offer any payment plans or discounts could help you decide which best suits your budget and lifestyle. At Johnson Family Orthodontics, we offer several payment plans and financial assistance to help make your orthodontic care more affordable.
5. What post-treatment instructions will I receive?
Once your treatments are complete, you’ll need to take the proper steps to maintain your new smile. Inquire for tips and instructions to ensure you take steps to keep your teeth healthy. At Johnson Family Orthodontics, we pride ourselves on providing patients with personalized aftercare instructions and ongoing support.
Brighten your smile with Johnson Family Orthodontics today!
Choosing an orthodontist is an important decision, and these questions can help you make the best choice for your family. Johnson Family Orthodontics has all the answers you need to ensure you get the highest quality of care possible. Dr. Johnson and his team of certified orthodontists have years of experience providing personalized care to patients of all ages. Contact us at our Salem, OR office to schedule a free consultation today!