Getting an Orthodontic Consultation: Some Pointers

I recently had a conversation with a Palm Harbor, FL orthodontist about an issue that was asked to him “My son’s doctor recommended that we start with Invisalign Teen treatment. Is it better to just get started, or should I seek an orthodontic consultation?” I recognised an opportunity to help share knowledge that would aid others in a similar scenario of making appropriate orthodontic care selections because I work in the field of orthodontics and dentistry, and I myself have had Invisalign and my daughter is currently in braces. If you are looking for more tips, check out Smile Houzz: Pediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics, Oral Surgery
First and foremost, no orthodontic procedures should ever be performed outside of the discipline of orthodontics, in complete deference to all general, cosmetic, and paediatric dentists who provide Invisalign or similar equipment. Even if one agrees to pursue orthodontic treatment with his or her dentist, failing to contact an orthodontist prior to starting treatment can result in a less-than-ideal outcome, requiring you to return to the orthodontist’s chair. There’s no excuse not to find out if your orthodontist’s treatment plan coincides with your dentist’s because most orthodontists offer a free initial consultation.
Orthodontics is a speciality that needs at least two years of post-doctoral training at an American Dental Association-accredited programme. In layman’s words, the specialty is a study of the physics and biomechanics of tooth movement and face abnormalities. Orthodontists employ sophisticated technology, software, and techniques to analyse patients, allowing them to create treatment plans with significantly greater precision. So here are three pointers to consider when choosing an orthodontist:
1. If your dentist recommends that you undergo orthodontic treatment, get a few orthodontic referrals for a second opinion. Such things should not deter him.
2. Seek referrals from friends, family, and coworkers. The variety of replies will astound you. Those who are adamant about a certain orthodontist should be given extra credit.
3. Visit the websites of the orthodontists recommended and exclude those who are not certified by the American Board of Orthodontics. Surprisingly, 40% of practising orthodontists are not board certified, implying that they have not received formal training in the field of orthodontics.
I chose Invisalign because my orthodontist thought I was a good candidate, and the results were great. With my daughter, he did not follow the same strategy. Instead, he recommended that we use lingual braces, or braces that are hidden under the teeth, because they, like Invisalign, are not visible and allow for far more control over tooth movement, resulting in a far more desirable conclusion.
Invisalign is a terrific orthodontic appliance that may be the ideal answer for achieving your ideal smile. But I’m not an orthodontist, and your dentist isn’t either. So, if you’re looking for Invisalign in Palm Harbor, do yourself a favour and get a referral from your dentist.