An orthodontist is someone that specializes in a specific field of dentistry.
You should consider consulting an orthodontist on your dentist's recommendation, or if you notice any defects with your or your child's teeth. Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as waiting for your child to become "old enough for braces"; doctors recommend that you get your child an oral checkup as early as 7 years of age.
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Once you have decided that there is a need for treatment, how do you find an orthodontist that's right for you?
There are many different approaches to finding the right orthodontist. The first and easiest way to determine if an orthodontist is qualified is by making sure they're certified by the American Board of Orthodontics. This is a voluntary way for orthodontists to make sure their skills are up tp par.
Finding these orthodontists online has become one of the primary ways that people search for care. Simply googling "orthodontists in ___" followed by your city is a good place to start. Searching online may be the best option for you to make an informed decision.
If you aren't confident in your ability to find orthodontists that are right for you or your child on your own, you can also ask your dentist (or even a family member or friend) for a referral. Your insurance provider might also have a list of referrals.
Yet another potential place to look for orthodontists is to check your state's licenseing board of dentistry. From here, you can check your dentist/orthodontist's record and see if any problems occurred in the past.
Luckily for you, there is a much easier way to find what you're looking for. We've decided to create recommendations for orthodontists based in multiple suburbs across texas while keeping the above criteria in mind.
Simply go to the top of the page, hover over your city, and then select your suburb from the dropdown to recieve our recommendation.
We've included a video below to show a more in-depth look into how getting braces actually works: