Qualities to Look for When Choosing an Orthodontist

February 20, 2013

If you are considering improving your smile with braces or invisible orthodontic aligners, it is important to seek the expertise of an orthodontist rather than a dentist offering these procedures. Only orthodontists have the detailed knowledge of oral malocclusions and experience treating patients with a wide range of procedures to guide you to the best treatment. Below are some qualities that you will want to keep in mind as you select your orthodontist:

Teeth with braces

Emphasis on Technology
Today’s orthodontic treatment options are designed to create a better treatment experience for the patient with greater comfort and more predictable outcomes. Technology such as Insignia 3D imaging facilitates this type of care. You should seek an orthodontist dedicated to using sophisticated technology in order to achieve the results you want in a short amount of time. Treatment advancements to look for include Invisalign and Incognito Braces that are almost completely invisible when worn.

Licensure and Certification
Board Certification is the first sign of a reputable orthodontist, but you may also want to check if your orthodontist belongs to organizations such as the American Association of Orthodontists. National and local societies of this nature promote the highest standards of patient care and professionalism in the practice of orthodontics.

Comfortable Practice and Friendly Staff
An orthodontist is only as good as their practice, so you should look at the whole practice when you are deciding where to go for your treatment. You will work with many members of the staff throughout your treatment and visit the practice several times over the course of treatment. A comfortable environment and compassionate care from the whole staff two very important qualities.

At Seligman Orthodontics, we take great pride in our high-tech NYC practice and our commitment to excellence in every aspect of patient care. We offer orthodontic care for patients of all ages, and we offer a wide range of customizable treatment options. You can make your first appointment with us on our website or by calling us directly at (646) 681-8516.

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