First of all, don't wait until you think your child is "old enough" for braces before you start looking for an
orthodontist. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all kids get a checkup by age 7 to see how their teeth are coming in.
However, getting braces means making a big commitment to one orthodontist for several years, so don't be afraid to search around for the best fit, even if you've already had a consult with another doctor at an earlier age. The right orthodontist can make the entire process much easier.
Start by asking your dental professional and friends for personal recommendations. You may also want to consider finding an orthodontist who participates in our Crest + Oral-B OrthoEssentials program. OrthoEssentials provides patients with a full kit, including a power toothbrush from Oral-B and Crest products and gives them easy tools to evaluate how well they're doing with their oral hygiene. It's designed to help keep kids on track between appointments. If this sounds like something you're interested in, click here to find an office participating in the Crest and Oral‐B OrthoEssentials program. Once you've collected a few recommendations, take the time to interview potential orthodontists.
Questions to ask your potential office:
In addition to interviewing the orthodontist, be sure to pay attention to the entire office. Do the hygienists seem friendly? Is the office staff easy to work with? Are they flexible about scheduling?
Finally, ask parents of other patients a few questions about their experience. For example:
How to Brush Your Teeth and Floss With Braces
Finding a Good Dentist
Other Tips & Tricks for Living with Braces
How Much Do Braces Cost?
Getting Braces Put On
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