How you should choose your orthodontist for your Invisalign or braces treatment to avoid being a victim.
I have had thousands of people that come to my orthodontic office and give me their horror stories (many times in tears) about the terrible experience and results that they received from a dentist that they went to down the street that promised them amazing results with their braces or Invisalign treatment. Not only are they unhappy about their smile and experience but they are also angry because they have already spent thousands of dollars with the other dentist and wasted a year of their life.
The #1 thing that you can do to make sure that you are making the right decision for your orthodontic treatment is to choose the best doctor to consult, prescribe and treat you with your braces or Invisalign. I find that many patients think that braces or Invisalign are a commodity. That if they go to 5 doctors and they all offer braces or Invisalign then all they should do is find the lowest price and go with that option. This line of thinking could not be more wrong. Braces and Invisalign are a form of treatment and it is 100% up to the dentist (should be an orthodontist) to decide if you are a candidate for the treatment.
The doctor that you choose to treat you with braces or Invisalign will be the person that is responsible for helping you to achieve the smile that you want for the rest of your life. Choose the best doctor and give yourself the best chance for success.
3 Rules for choosing the best doctor for your Invisalign or braces treatment.
Rule #1: It all starts with picking the right doctor. Please make sure that they are a board-certified orthodontic specialist. These are the most highly skilled and trained doctors in the world and they will give you the best opportunity for success. If you want to find a list of the most highly trained orthodontists in your are the American Board of Orthodontics has a very helpful tool that is free on their website for you to locate board certified orthodontists.
Rule # 2: Do your homework! Read reviews, speak with actual patients and visit the office, interact with the staff and see what the actual experience is like at the office you are considering. Make sure that this is a place where you feel confident and comfortable.
Rule # 3: Convenience: Make sure that the office is convenient for your treatment. The office should have hours that fit your schedule, have short wait times and not be on the opposite end of the earth. You will be seeing your orthodontist approximately every 6 weeks for your treatment to make it easy on yourself.