As you start your journey to a better smile, it’s important to have the right information from the right person when you leave your first appointment. The perfect office for you can give you the confidence to move forward. To help you out, Thacker Orthodontics has a list of questions you can ask to determine the right orthodontist for you.
Is the doctor a trained orthodontic specialist?
This may seem like an obvious place to start, but it’s an important thing to remember when you’re seeking an orthodontic expert. This is because some general dentists provide orthodontic treatment, but this does not mean they specialize in it. These dentists may provide braces treatment and learn aligner therapy along with dental services such as cleanings, fillings, crowns, and dentures. In contrast, an orthodontist specializes exclusively in providing orthodontic services.
This is a distinction that’s important to make. Think about it the way you would think about receiving specialized surgery. Would you want you or someone you love to receive surgery from a general physician, or a dedicated specialist who understands exactly what you need? The same goes for your orthodontic treatment. To guarantee quality orthodontic care, you want a specialist. This means you want an orthodontist who has:
- Studied the growth and maturation of teeth and jaw
- Been introduced to numerous case studies
- Developed diagnostic skills
- Learned biomechanical techniques to properly move teeth
- Studied how to change the development of the dental alveolar complex and facial growth of younger patients
Orthodontic residency programs are very competitive, accepting only the top students in any dental school graduating class. These orthodontic programs tend to last around two to three years in addition to full-time training that focuses on correcting orthodontic issues with braces and aligners. Most general dentists do not have this same level of in-depth orthodontic training and experience. Dentists are essential for fundamental oral health maintenance. However, for specialized orthodontic care, you want someone who knows the specifics of what you need. Thacker Orthodontics knows this. Dr. Jim and Dr. MaryEvan have provided better smiles to patients for over thirty years, and our team of well-trained, eager orthodontic experts has the experience and skills to give you exceptional results. If you want a rewarding experience with the right personalized treatment, we’re here for you.
What treatment options does the orthodontist offer?
Every patient has different needs and their own unique goals, so it’s important to know your orthodontist has exactly the treatment you’re looking for. At Thacker Orthodontics, we offer up-to-date treatment options with advanced orthodontic technology so you can reach your smile goals. We offer three different treatments:
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces are the most widely used type of fixed orthodontic appliance. While older models are known for being bulky and painful, modern advancements have made metal braces lighter, smaller, and more comfortable. At our office, Dr. Jim and Dr. MaryEvan will collect photos and X-rays of your mouth to create a customized treatment plan for you based on the information we gather. This option uses a slide mechanism to hold the archwire, reducing the amount of pressure exerted on the teeth and allowing teeth to move more freely, quickly, and comfortably.
Also called “ceramic braces,” clear braces are similar to metal braces with a more discreet appearance. The brackets are made from a tooth-colored ceramic material that gives them an almost invisible appearance. This is a popular choice for adults and older teens who are looking for a less obvious appearance compared to metal braces. Clear braces require more care, as they can break easily and are prone to staining depending on your eating and drinking habits. This can be combated with a rigorous oral hygiene routine. While clear braces can be pricier, Dr. Jim and Dr. MaryEvan will determine a treatment fee that fits your specific orthodontic needs, and our office will do everything we can to accommodate you and your budget.
If you don’t want to deal with brackets and wires, Invisalign could be a more desirable alternative for you. This option comprises a series of invisible, removable acrylic trays that straighten your teeth by applying steady pressure on your teeth. You will need to wear them about 22 hours a day for them to be effective, although you can remove them to eat, drink and brush your teeth.
How frequent are follow-up appointments with the orthodontist?
While your unique follow-up schedule will vary depending on the orthodontic treatment plan you and our team decided is best for you, we will schedule most patients’ adjustment appointments for about every four to eight weeks. Patients using Invisalign clear aligners may be seen slightly less frequently, but regardless of treatment, regular appointments with us are crucial for your overall orthodontic process. When seeking the right orthodontist, it’s important to find someone who knows what you need and will help you get it.
Our typical process will take anywhere from eight to thirty-six months to achieve your perfect smile, but you can begin seeing visible results as early as the first few months with most of our treatment plans. We know you’re busy, so just give us a heads up if you’re running late or need to reschedule. We value your time but don’t forget that your participation in the follow-up care is just as important. At our office, we want to work with you to make the most of your time, money, and treatment.
Get the best team at Thacker Orthodontics
You need the right team on your side, with the right orthodontist to give you the results you want. At Thacker Orthodontics, we want your orthodontic treatment to be as satisfying and stress-free as possible. If you or someone you love is interested in getting braces, get in touch today to schedule your FREE consultation. Excellent orthodontic care is only a few minutes from your home, work, or school with offices in Hillsboro and Cincinnati. There’s never been a better time!