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The way our genetics are set up over here, orthodontics is an important part of all of my children’s futures.
In fact, it has already played a major role in my own.
I wore braces from the ages of 15-21 which means I actually got my driver’s license, my first “real” boyfriend, and my husband (not to be confused with my first boyfriend) in braces!
I had a couple of oral surgeries, some interesting appliances, and a host of aggressive treatment plans to untangle the mess in my mouth.
As an adult, I wore Invisalign® clear aligners to try and fix my grill once and for all.
It was wildly successful and, when the time came for Dude 2 to make the fix your face journey, we knew Invisalign treatment was the perfect fit.
Fortunately, the Invisalign brand team welcomed me back onto the Mom Advisory Board and agreed to put Dude 2 through treatment too!
We didn’t even need to find an orthodontist, we just made an appointment with Dr. Thabet (my orthodontist) for a consultation and the rest is history (as very accurately chronicled on this blog).
If you’re in the early phases of orthodontics treatment, here are some tips to help you find an orthodontist that will fit your needs.
Did you know The American Association of Orthodontists recommends your child see an orthodontist by age 7?
How to Find an Orthodontist
Start with Board Certification.
The American Board of Orthodontics provides certification to those in the practice to ensure the highest level of care for patients. That means they have extensive training and education in the field of orthodontics and ensure you’re not just trusting a dentist who can put on braces with correcting your smile.
Consider location and logistics.
Whether you are going to undergo Invisalign treatment or are taking the traditional braces route, you can expect to see your orthodontist numerous times per year. The cool thing about Invisalign treatment is that it requires fewer visits to your orthodontist’s office. Cool! More time for you. But, fewer isn’t never and, if you have to think about work and school schedules like a normal person, you will want to find an office conveniently located with great office hours. In college, I had to take two buses and 5 hours of travel and appointment time every time I had to go to the orthodontist’s office. Not cool. Not at all cool.
Think about cost and insurance.
Oddly enough, the cost of orthodontics treatment can vary greatly from person to person and from doctor to doctor. It’s not like every person will pay five grand (although, real talk, many people will pay 5 grand). Make sure you come up with your budget and find out your insurance benefits before you make your first appointment. And then, don’t be afraid to ask for a payment plan if needed –many orthodontists’ offices provide this benefit to their patients.
Go for a consultation.
Once you’ve narrowed down the list of practitioners in your area that you think might be a fit, and run it past all of the moms and dads you know with kids wearing braces, it’s time to set up your consultation. This is a chance for you to see what treatment recommendations your doctor has, to get a price quote, and to determine if you and your child like the doctor and the staff at the office. Don’t feel pressured to commit on the first day! You can and you should get a second, and even a third, opinion.
If you’re considering Invisalign treatment, start on their website.
If you’re considering Invisalign treatment, the best thing you can do is start the process online.
Go to the Invisalign site and take the Smile Assessment. Then, you can use the site to find a doctor near you. All orthodontists are not created equal when it comes to ensuring you have the most successful Invisalign treatment, but using their Find a Doctor database to find an orthodontist can help. The site is also a great resource to help you familiarize yourself with the brand, the treatment process, and more.
Disclosure: We received complimentary Invisalign treatment, all opinions are my own.