How to Choose the Right Orthodontist


Choosing an orthodontist can be difficult—how do you know which one is best for you and your needs? Whether you’re new to orthodontics or looking for a different provider after many years, it’s important for you to find someone who you can trust throughout your smile journey. It can be hard to know what to look for or where to start when searching for an orthodontist. Here are a few tips to make your search easier and help you find the right fit! 

Look locally

Orthodontic treatment does require office visits, so you’ll likely find yourself having more frequent appointments than with other healthcare providers. To make things more convenient, search for a practice that’s nearby and easily accessible for you. And be sure that they offer flexible appointments that work with your schedule.

Take a look at education and experience

When you entrust someone with your smile, make sure they’re an expert. Researching an orthodontist’s education and professional expertise will help you to make an informed decision about your care. You also may need an orthodontist with a particular skillset, depending on the treatment you’re looking for. It’s important to learn about their expertise before making your choice. For instance, if you are considering Invisalign®, check to see what level of Invisalign provider they are. Finally, search for an orthodontist who is up to date on the latest techniques and technologies and passionate about continuing education.

Choose a family-friendly practice

If you have children, you want to ensure that you choose an orthodontist with expertise in pediatric orthodontics. Children have different orthodontic and emotional needs than adults, so it’s a great idea to find someone who will make your child feel comfortable while providing them with expert care. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that you schedule your child’s first orthodontic visit by the time they turn 7 years old. It’s never too early to start thinking about your child’s dental health!

Learn about the treatments they offer

Patients are all different, and so are the kinds of treatment they may need. Whether you’re considering braces, Invisalign, interceptive treatment, or any other form of care, learn more about the treatments and technologies that a practice offers. Exploring your options will empower you to feel more confident during your orthodontic journey.

Check the cost and payment plans

Orthodontic treatment can be intimidating for many people because of the cost. You deserve to know what you’ll be paying for your care. You’ll want to confirm that your orthodontist accepts your insurance if you have dental coverage. If you don’t, many orthodontic practices offer financing or payment plans to make your treatment more affordable. Learning about the options that your orthodontist offers—before you commit—will help you avoid any costly surprises.

Research their reputation

Make sure your smile is in trusted hands. Read through reviews or testimonials to see what others have said about a practice. And consult friends and family who have visited the practice for their input. Learning about others’ experiences will help you to feel more confident about your decision.

Book your appointment with our experts

At Hutta & Price, we strive to give you a comfortable experience that will leave you with a healthy, happy smile. Dr. Hutta and Dr. Price have decades of combined experience in their field and are committed to delivering the highest quality of orthodontic care to each and every patient. We provide personalized service to everyone—from children to adults—and offer many forms of treatment so that each patient can get their best smile.

As Columbus CEO magazine’s best dental practice for six years running, we offer passion, precision, and excellence to give you the care that you deserve. Contact us today at (614) 855-8800 or schedule a virtual consultation to discover the Hutta & Price Orthodontics difference!