Braces are an important investment in your child’s future. Not only can straighter teeth give your child a huge confidence and self-esteem boost, but straighter teeth are also healthier. Your child is less likely to suffer from oral health problems since its easier to brush and clean straight teeth. Of course, deciding to get your child braces is the easy part. The harder part? Knowing which Dartmouth orthodontist to pick.
Some pediatric dentists may offer orthodontic referrals. For busy parents, it’s tempting to stick with the referral rather than compare multiple providers. Failing to compare providers, however, could mean your child’s braces end up costing more than they need to. You might even end up with a provider that’s not the right fit for your child’s orthodontic needs.
Watch out for these four common mistakes when choosing an orthodontist:
Not Asking About Payment Plans
Braces are a major investment and can be a financial hardship for some families. However, opting for the least expensive provider is not always the best plan. Less expensive providers could mean a lower quality of care. If you are concerned about the cost of braces, look for a provider who offers flexible payment plans or will work with your insurance provider to hold the line on costs. At Docbraces, for example, our orthodontist in Dartmouth offers a no-interest monthly payment plan and will directly bill your insurance provider. Our policy is to take the cost of treatment “off the top” and work with insurance providers directly, so you never have to deal with the hassle of submitting claim forms and obtaining reimbursements.
Waiting Until A Child Is A Pre-Teen To Schedule Their First Appointment
Did you know that all children benefit from visiting the orthodontist before the age of seven? Sure, your child won’t be getting braces that early, but early interventions could help reduce the type and duration of future treatment. For example, one in three children can benefit from braces or corrective alternatives like palate expanders or space maintainers, according to a study published in the American Journal of Pediatrics. Addressing spacing and alignment issues when your child is young will also boost his or her self-esteem during critical development years.
Failing To Get A Family Discount
Let’s face it: having multiple children who all need braces at the same time can be a very real drain on a family’s finances. Before committing to an orthodontist, ask whether this orthodontist will offer family discounts for multiple patients. Every orthodontist may be a bit different: some may only offer discounts if your children are patients at the same time. Others may offer a discount if your children are patients within a certain period (e.g., 24 to 36 months) of one another. Don’t limit the discount to children and teens! If you’ve been dreaming of a straighter smile for yourself, now could be the perfect time for your own Invisalign treatment. Ask about all your discount and referral benefits before you commit to a provider.
Not Checking The Online Reviews of Your Dartmouth Orthodontist
Admittedly, online reviews can be a bit of a mixed bag. After all, unhappy patients are a lot more motivated to air their grievances online than satisfied patients. That said, it’s still important to read online reviews– just take what you read with a grain of salt. For example, is there a recurring complaint or concern centered around costs, insurance reimbursement or the staff’s personality? It’s never possible to make all people happy all the time, but multiple reviews citing the same issue are a red flag.
For more information on the benefits of braces and orthodontist selection criteria, check out “A Parent’s Guide to the Benefits of Braces” from our Dartmouth orthodontist.