This article will review a general set of guidelines recommended by DR. Ronald Perkins, of Perkins Orthodontics, Rockwell Area, Dallas, Texas when looking for an orthodontist in your area.
Firstly, it is recommended to be proactive, and to have your child checked out at an early age to see how his teeth are coming in. Do not wait until your child has reached a certain age to be fitted for braces, do it ahead of time. American association of Orthodontist recommends that all children get an examination by age of seven.
Secondly, start asking around through your personal network and your dentist for a recommendation, reviews of orthodontists in your area.
Questions that you should be looking to ask your potential orthodontist:
What is the size of the practice, how many orthodontists work in the office?
Regarding treatment plans:
What does the scope of the plan include?
Considering my child’s age, what is the best plan for his treatment?
What exactly will be done?
What other options are provided?
If we elect not to proceed with this treatment, what consequences do we possibly face?
How often do we come in for a visit?
How long does the whole process take?
What does the orthodontist recommend for a daily routine at home?
Hours of Operation:
What are hours of operation? Orthodontists quite often have limited hours of operation, so certain arrangements could potentially be needed to take kids out of school or to get out of work.
How long has the orthodontist been practicing?
What is the cost of the treatment?
How is it determined?
Are we quoted for a full price from beginning of treatment to the end of procedure?
Are there any additional charges while the treatment is in effect?
Is there follow-up care (for example, retainers) after the braces have been removed?
What insurance programs/plans are accepted?
Can references of past or current patients be provided?
Perkins Orthodontics is a premier orthodontics practice in the Dallas/Rockwall, Texas area. This practice is a 2007-2013 multiple award winner from such industry publications, and magazines like Big D, Texas Super Dentists and Living Magazine. Perkins Orthodontics has been serving patients for over 25 years, and is known for practicing cutting edge orthodontic treatment options in the Dallas and Rockwall, Texas area.