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Joseph Tartagni, D.M.D.

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Top 10 Critical Things You Should Know
Before You Select a Orthodontic Dentist

Orthodontic work is an investment in the future of your smile. And, like any investment, you'll want to do a little research before making a final decision on braces. These guidelines can help you choose the practitioner who's right for you.

  1. Start with a consultation.

    Going in for a consultation is a great way to learn more about a doctor and practice. Consultations are generally inexpensive, and are sometimes even offered for free. Talk to the dentist before you commit to anything. Remember, it's your job to make an educated decision.

  2. Communication is key.

    It's essential that you be able to talk to your dentist - and that your dentist will listen to you! There's a lot of dialogue that needs to go into an individual long-term treatment plan. If you feel bullied, pressured, or rushed, then that's probably not the right dentist for you.

  3. Know the different types of braces.

    Gone are the days when there was only one type of orthodontic braces. If you're looking for a cosmetic option, you might bypass standard metal braces in favor of clear brackets, invisible braces, or Invisalign aligners.

  4. Remember, braces aren't just for kids anymore.

    More and more adults are having orthodontic work done every year. Some doctors specialize in child, teen or adult patients. Ask about the average age of the practice's clientele.

  5. Look at before and after photos.

    Take a look at the dentist's portfolio before you make up your mind. Pay specific attention to cases that are similar to yours. Make sure that the photos are of actual work done by the dentist, not just stock photos.

  6. Don't pay too much - or too little.

    Some dentists charge more by marketing themselves as high-end braces dentists offering Hollywood smile makeovers. Other dentists try to make up for poor materials and shoddy work by offering low prices. Beware the extremes.

  7. An honest dentist sets realistic expectations.

    Watch out for doctors who promise more than they can deliver. You want a dentist who will tell you what can and cannot be done for your smile. You need to know how long the process will take, what you'll have to do, and any complications that could occur.

  8. Nothing compares to experience.

    Much like other people, dentists get better at things the more they do them. Ideally, your dentist will have lots of experience with orthodontics in general and with cases like yours specifically.

  9. Ask about follow-up treatment.

    Most braces dentists recommend that patients wear a retainer after having their braces removed. Make sure the dentist you select has a follow-up plan to preserve your smile once it's been straightened.

  10. Discuss financing options.

    Braces can cost thousands of dollars, and insurance rarely covers all of it. You need to make sure you and your dentist have a workable plan to pay for your orthodontic work.

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