The most important thing to remember is that once you start on a treatment plan, it is not advisable to switch to another orthodontist. It’s a bit like engaging a builder to quote on and build your house, then half way through expecting somebody else to finish the job…without the original blueprints. Their understanding of what has already been done, what is left to do and how to do it will be different between builders.
That means that you and your child have to feel comfortable with the staff, the location and convenience of the practice. But most importantly your orthodontist! Do you have rapport? Will you dread each visit or are you comfortable asking questions and interacting with your orthodontist?
Orthodontic treatment is a significant long-term time investment, so it is really important that you can work comfortably as a team. Putting the braces on is only one part of the process, as you will soon find out!
Trust your intuition, if you’ve done your background checking, the practice is welcoming and the staff friendly then you are ½ way there. If you have rapport with the orthodontist, well we’re not saying every visit will be fun, but it will certainly be a lot more pleasant than if you visit somebody you feel is an ogre!