LAKEVILLE, SAVAGE AND ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA – A lot of parents put a great deal of thought into considering not just the types of braces their children might wear during orthodontic treatment, but which orthodontic professional will oversee the treatment.
Selecting the right orthodontist for the job may seem difficult, but St. Paul orthodontics expert Dr. Trudy Bonvino, our orthodontist on staff here at Cosmopolitan Orthodontics, offers three tips to help make the selection process a more educated one.
“First, it is important for parents to know that a referral from a general dentist isn’t necessary,” says Dr. Bonvino, who offers braces for kids and adults. “We recommend selecting an orthodontist over a dentist for braces treatment because they complete orthodontic residencies after dental school that involve an two additional years of extensive training.”
Following are Dr. Bonvino’s three tips:
- Select an office with an atmosphere that makes treatment fun. Compliance is key to successful orthodontic treatment. Patients who look forward to each appointment tend to do a better job of practicing good oral hygiene and following the instructions provided.
- Find a practice that offers flexibility in scheduling appointments if you are one of those parents who stays busy working and shuttling your children to school and activities, says Dr. Bonvino, who offers lingual braces as one treatment option.
- Choose a practice that offers flexibility in financing options. Orthodontic treatment often is a two-year commitment. During those two years, there can be changes in your family’s income. Finding an orthodontist who can adjust payment schedules to work with you, should you encounter hardships during the course of treatment can mean the difference between completing your child’s treatment or not.
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