Crooked or crowded teeth can impact your self-esteem and confidence. Proper orthodontic care can fix the same. Back in the day, only metal braces were available to align teeth, but now with invisible trays (Invasalign), the scope of orthodontic care has expanded. More often than not, children need to wear braces or trays to correct their smile, at an early age, and many pediatric dentists may offer orthodontic care for kids. So, how do you select an orthodontist for your child? In this guide, we have a few tips that may come in handy.
- Look online
If you can ask fellow parents for local references, it is always handy, but in case there is no other choice, you can check online. Many pediatric clinics now have websites, so you can always find necessary details. Look for positive reviews and testimonials from other patient parents.
- Pay a visit
When it comes to orthodontic care and pediatric care, visiting the clinic for an appointment is the best way to know the dentist, treatments offered, and overall environment of the place. The clinic needs to be kid-friendly, must have at least a few activities to keep children busy during the wait time, and the staff members must be warm and friendly. Don’t shy away from asking questions related to the facilities and equipment available at the clinic.
- Know your dentist
Both orthodontists and pediatric dentists are required to complete three to four years of additional training, after completing dental school. As a cautious parent, you have every right to ask questions about the training and qualifications of a pediatric dentist. If they have complete continuing education is also something worth asking.
- Overall behavior
It is absolutely important to select a pediatric dental clinic, where everyone knows how to behave with children. Pediatric dentists are expected to know child behavior and psychology, and they do all it takes to make the child as comfortable as possible. Even if your child needs to get braces, the dentist will explain proper dental hygiene and will be warm to the kid.
Orthodontic pediatric care can be expensive, so it is best to check the cost of treatment in advance. You have to spend on orthodontic care early on in your child’s life, so that he/she has aligned teeth later.
Finally, check if the clinic is close to your home and is easily accessible.