Choosing the Right Orthodontist for You
Choosing the right orthodontist is a big decision, especially considering that our teeth play such an important role in our lives. Our teeth help us chew properly, speak clearly, give our face its shape, and brighten our smile. A study conducted by Kelton found 76 percent of Americans say the most memorable feature after first meeting someone is their smile.
You may need orthodontic treatment if your teeth are crowded or crooked, if you have an under/overbite, or if you’ve noticed problems chewing, biting, or speaking. Fixing these problems can greatly improve your smile. A great smile is not just about appearance; multiple studies have shown improving your smile and teeth can improve your health, self-confidence, relationships, and career.
Given the significance of our teeth and smile, selecting the right orthodontist is paramount. While you may not know what treatment you need, you can ask yourself the following questions to begin choosing the right orthodontist for you.
Who is getting the treatment—kids, teens or adults?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have an orthodontic check-up by the age of 7. A good orthodontist looks for problems that may be undetectable to the untrained eye, related to emerging teeth, jaw alignment, and bite. Early treatment for kids can prevent more serious problems from developing. Look for a provider who has experience with pediatric orthodontics.
Even if you never received orthodontic treatment as a child, it’s never too late to improve your smile. As an adult, you may have different concerns, such as visibility of braces, treatment time, and obtaining treatment in a non-pediatric setting. Consider an orthodontist with a dedicated adult treatment center, such as the one at Bruno Orthodontics. Not every orthodontist has this type of space, but an adult-focused space can help you feel more comfortable during your treatment.
Does the orthodontist use advanced technology solutions?
There are many orthodontic solutions that leverage innovative technology to minimize pain, maximize results, and contribute to outstanding results. Look for an orthodontist with orthodontic technology that elevates the patient’s experience.
The iTero Scanner is a technology solution designed to gather impressions with a scanner rather than putty. This means no more gooey putty sitting in your mouth for what feels like forever. The iTero Scanner is contactless and creates a 3D rendering of your teeth in minutes.
A 3D printer can help create orthodontic models, retainers, and appliances right in the office. This means no more waiting weeks for impressions to be sent off to the lab. The ability to 3D print in the office decreases wait times and keeps treatment quicker.
Does the orthodontist have experience in Invisalign?
Invisalign is a procedure that works by using clear plastic trays, designed using 3D images of your teeth. This is an excellent orthodontic solution for those wanting a discreet way to improve their smile. However, your results with Invisalign will only be as good as your provider. If you are considering Invisalign, look for an orthodontist designated as an Invisalign Diamond+ Provider. This distinction is only given to the top 1% of Invisalign providers worldwide, and it sets apart top orthodontists in this field.
Keep in mind that the process of selecting the right orthodontist for you does not need to be stressful. By asking yourself the right questions, you can find an orthodontist who aligns with your needs, and you will be on your way to an improved smile in no time!
Bruno Orthodontics offers Invisalign, braces, and other orthodontic treatment for adults, teens, and children in an award-winning office in Chevy Chase. Dr. Jill Bruno is a Diamond+ Provider for Invisalign, putting her in the top 1% of Invisalign doctors. Convenient online scheduling and virtual consults are available for new and current patients.