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How to Choose an Orthodontist

Choosing an orthodontist is an important part of getting the treatment and results you want. It goes beyond just a great smile, and impacts your comfort and satisfaction throughout the entire treatment journey.

Whether you’re considering treatment for yourself or a family member, finding a qualified and trusted professional will guarantee optimal results.

In this comprehensive guide, our Montreal orthodontist outlines which factors to consider when selecting your dental practitioner.

Orthodontist’s qualifications and experience

A successful orthodontic treatment relies heavily on the skills, qualifications and experience of the orthodontist. With these elements in place, you can be confident you’ll receive top-notch care, designed just for you.

Experience in orthodontics

Experience is another decisive factor in choosing an orthodontist. You want to choose a practitioner who has treated a wide variety of cases, proving they can successfully adapt to each unique situation. Experienced orthodontists can anticipate potential roadblocks, minimizing disruptions and keeping your treatment on track.

How to check an orthodontist’s qualifications

There are a few ways you can verify whether your orthodontist has the necessary qualifications and experience:

  • Membership in professional associations: Qualified orthodontists are often members of recognized professional associations, such as the Association des Orthodontistes du Québec (AOQ). These associations require their members to meet high standards of training and professional ethics.
  • References: A reputable orthodontist should have no problem providing you with references from previous patients. These testimonials can give you an idea of the quality of care and level of patient satisfaction.

Location and accessibility of the clinic

The location of the orthodontic clinic will play a role in your overall orthodontic treatment experience. Choosing a professional close to your home, workplace or school can be an advantage for several reasons.

  • Reduced travel time: Orthodontic treatment requires regular visits, every 6 to 8 weeks. If the clinic is nearby, you can minimize travel time and fit appointments into your busy schedule more easily.
  • Emergencies: In the event of an orthodontic emergency, such as broken braces or sudden discomfort, having an orthodontist nearby allows for quick intervention, which minimizes inconvenience and helps avoid treatment interruptions.
  • Regular follow-up: Having easy access to your orthodontist helps you maintain your appointment schedule, which is key to a successful treatment.

Technologies and treatment options

Orthodontic technologies are continually evolving. New tools and methods have transformed the way treatments are delivered and planned, providing more comfortable, discreet options that often give faster results. Selecting an orthodontist who knows how to use these innovations can significantly enhance your treatment experience.

  • Increased comfort: Newer materials and treatment techniques make it possible to make fewer visits during your treatment for adjustments. The overall process is more comfortable for the patient.
  • Aesthetic options: In response to the growing demand for more discreet treatments, orthodontists now have access to technologies such as clear aligners (e.g. Invisalign or Spark) which are near-invisible alternatives to traditional braces.
  • Optimized treatment time: The use of advanced materials can significantly reduce treatment time. Patients can see results more quickly.

Communication and trust

Open communication and a trusting relationship with your orthodontist are important. A good relationship with your practitioner will allow you to remain well-informed at every stage and enjoy an overall sense of comfort and satisfaction both during and after your treatment.

Effective communication helps align your expectations with the realities of treatment so there are no surprises or misunderstandings. Dr. Tram-Anh Nguyen and the entire Côte-des-Neiges Orthodontics clinic are here to listen to you at all times, without judgment!

Customer reviews and testimonials

Reviews and testimonials from previous patients are invaluable resources when selecting an orthodontist. They offer a genuine insight into patient experience and the quality of care received, and can greatly influence your final decision.

Finding online reviews

  • Consult multiple sources: Don’t limit yourself to a single review site. Explore various online platforms, such as Google , Yelp, or specialized oral health forums, to get a wide range of opinions.
  • Focus on relevant reviews: Read reviews that mention things that matter to you. For example, if you are interested in an Invisalign treatment, look for testimonials from people who specifically used Invisalign instead of reading general dental reviews.
  • Be critical: Not all reviews are created equal. Be wary of extremely negative or positive reviews, and look for repeated themes and shared experiences.

Cost and financing options

Orthodontic treatments are customized for each patient, which means that cost will vary from person to person. You can also expect price differences based on your choice of braces – metal, clear, or aligner treatments.

While the initial cost of an orthodontic treatment may seem high, consider it as an investment in your long-term oral health and overall well-being. A successful orthodontic treatment can prevent future dental problems that could be even more expensive to fix.

Financing options

Many orthodontists offer installment plans, so you can spread the overall cost over the time it takes to complete the treatment and benefit from more affordable care.

Some dental insurance plans may also cover a portion of your orthodontic treatment. Check the details of your coverage with your insurer. You can ask your orthodontist for a general information form that you’ll need to submit to your insurance company for approval. Note that orthodontic fees are also tax-deductible. 

Choose Orthodontie Côte-des-Neiges!

At Orthodontie Côte-des-Neiges, we understand the importance of choosing a good orthodontist. We are committed to providing you with an exceptional treatment experience based on trust, expertise and open communication.

We’re proud of our patients’ positive testimonials and transformed smiles. These successes reflect our commitment to excellence in orthodontics and our passion for improving the lives of our patients.

We invite you to schedule an initial consultation, so we can discuss your treatment goals and explore the best options for your smile.