I have a good working relationship with the local orthodontists and can refer you to one who will address your needs appropriately.
Things to look for in an orthodontic relationship:
- A quality office. Fortunately we are in an area where I can say the offices are all good.
- A good relationship between the orthodontist and the patient. There is a tremendous amount of cooperation necessary from the patient, and a patient who has a friendly relationship with his or her orthodontist is much more likely to follow through with recommendations. Be comfortable with the treatment proposal being made. If you have questions, seek a second opinion. If the office is for any reason uncomfortable, visit another, and meet another staff & doctor. Every orthodontist wants you to feel comfortable and encourages you to find that compatible place. There is nothing more problematic for doctor and patient alike than a sour relationship half way through treatment.
- Convenient location. The relationship with the orthodontist is a long one, typically 2 years or more, sometimes requiring monthly visits during week days. Many appointments are during after school hours, but several are not. Think about transportation to those appointments, and whether you prefer close to home, to work, or to school.
- Be willing to ask questions about all aspects of treatment and expect a doctor and staff who are willing and comfortable giving you answers.