Tips for Choosing an Orthodontist

If you need to find an orthodontist for your child, you may be wondering where to start.


There are different ways to choose an orthodontist and we will briefly discuss each method.  Additionally, information you need to know will be provided as well.

Personal Recommendations

You likely have family or friends who have received orthodontic treatment.  Talking to them about their experience is a quick, easy solution to finding an orthodontist you trust.

What You Need to Know

After researching reviews and deciding on an orthodontist to consult with, you will want to find out what technology the orthodontist uses.  The braces of yesterday were sharp-edged, uncomfortable braces that required 2 years of more of treatment time. Sometimes, appliances like headgear or palate expanders were also required. 

Today, orthodontists who use H4 braces are using the most advanced system on the market.  H4 braces are designed with smooth, round edges for optimal patient comfort. H4 is also a low-friction, light force orthodontic solution that delivers healthy tooth movement with optimal control. These high quality brackets have been designed to shorten the overall treatment time.

A Board Certified Orthodontist

According to the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO), only one in three orthodontists is certified.  A board certified orthodontist has voluntarily gone through hundreds of additional hours of preparation to demonstrate their judgment, skills, and knowledge required for providing the highest level of orthodontic patient care.

This does not mean that orthodontists who are not board-certified are not qualified for their job.  The ABO states an orthodontist is a dentist who has not only completed a graduate program in dentistry to receive their DDS or DMD (Doctor of Dental Surgery or Doctor of Dental Medicine), but has also gone through a competitive residency at a CODA-accredited orthodontic program for an additional 2-3 years to be trained specifically in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.

Do Your Research

Once you narrow your selection to one, two, or even three orthodontists, research the orthodontist’s website and reviews.  It is imperative that you keep in mind one bad review vs. 25 excellent ones may simply mean nothing.  For example, one common scenario is a former patient may not pay their bill and the orthodontist’s billing department is trying to collect payment.  The patient gets irritated and writes a bad review online.  Twenty-five excellent reviews negate one bad one. 

The Bottom Line

There are many tools to help you find a good orthodontist.  Start by doing your research and during your consultation check the orthodontist is using the latest in orthodontic technology.  If you or your child need braces, you certainly want them to be high quality, comfortable, and affordable.