How to Choose an Orthodontist

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that your child get a check-up with an orthodontist at the first recognition of the existence of an orthodontic problem, but no later than age 7.  However, you are never too old to benefit from orthodontic treatment. Adults represent a significant percentage of patients in most orthodontic practices.


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Finding the right orthodontist is an important decision. We know you want the best care and an excellent result at an affordable price. We want to help you with this important and sometimes challenging process.


1. Obtain a listing of possible orthodontists in your area

- Recommendations from your dentist, family and friends

- Search for local board certified orthodontists on the Board Certified Orthodontist Locator


2. Research options

-Verify that recommendations are Orthodontic Specialists and not General Dentists performing orthodontic treatment –

 Refer to What is a Board Certified Orthodontist to see the difference

- View Orthodontist’s website and reviews

-Verify that the orthodontist is board certified by searching their name on the Board Certified Orthodontist Locator


3. Meet with orthodontist for consult

- Ask the right questions to make a well informed decision – Refer to What to Ask Before You Choose

- Discuss recommended approach for treatment and other treatment options

- Review associated costs and discuss insurance coverage options