Getting braces as an adult is becoming more and more common, as adults take advantage of new types of affordable, discreet braces to get the smile they always wanted. However, choosing an orthodontist as an adult can be difficult. This short guide aims to explain what you should be looking for in an orthodontist, and how to choose one. Start by making a list of potential orthodontists, gathered from online reviews and in-person recommendations, and then begin to examine each one based on convenience.

Consider Convenience

In order to make your experience with braces as successful as possible, the orthodontist you choose needs to be convenient for you. This is especially true for adults, who tend to lead busier lives than children. The physical location should be easily accessible to you, especially if you rely on public transport. Emergencies can happen with braces and needing to take three buses every time you need to see your orthodontist will get tiresome quickly. You should also consider the practice's opening hours, as if you work in the day, you will need weekend or evening appointments. Finally, look at the range of payment plans that your potential orthodontists offer, and think about your finances. Are you able to pay for your treatment all at once, or will you want to pay monthly? What do they charge, and does it seem like good value?

Speak to a Range of Orthodontists

Speaking to a variety of orthodontists will help you to make a good choice, as you become more aware of the differences between them and how they work. This can take place on the phone, via email, or in person. You should choose someone you feel comfortable with, and who is willing to answer your questions in a way that you understand. Some orthodontists may offer free or low-cost consultations, which you may want to take advantage of to see how your potential orthodontist examines your teeth and what they suggest about your treatment plan. Learn more about your potential orthodontist's qualifications, what they specialise in, and how long they have been practising. 

Examine the Practice as a Whole

Try to visit the practices you are considering, and think about how they make you feel. Look for somewhere that seems neat and tidy, with a welcoming waiting room. It's important to speak to the reception staff and see how warm and friendly they are. Ask them about available appointments - an empty appointment book might be worrying, but it's also important that you have a choice of appointments to choose from. You will also encounter other patients in the waiting room, and you can gauge how they feel and how happy they are to be there.

Choosing an orthodontist can be overwhelming, but by following the tips above, you will be able to choose the one that is right for you. Don't be afraid to ask questions during this process, make sure you feel respected and listened to, and don't be afraid to trust your gut instinct about a practice or an orthodontist. Learn more by contacting services such as Straightsmiles.