With at least 40 orthodontic offices just in the Charleston, South Carolina area, how do you know which one is the right place to get your braces? These seven questions will help you make an informed decision.

1. Do They Specialize in Orthodontics?

Many dentists offer orthodontics as part of their services, especially Invisalign products, but their specialty is dentistry. Both orthodontists and dentists complete eight years of higher education and attend dental school, but orthodontists are also required to do an additional two to three years of residency before being able to practice. So, if you need help with occlusion, bite correction or teeth straightening, it is best to see an orthodontist like Dr. Savastano, who completed his orthodontic residency at Ohio State University and specializes in orthodontics.

2. Do They Provide a Free Exam?

Before you decide whether or not you are going to get braces, you should consult with an orthodontist. This not only gives you a professional opinion on your smile, it also allows you to meet the orthodontist and his team before committing to treatment. Many reputable orthodontists, including our practice, will provide this initial exam free of charge.

3. Do They Have a Good Reputation?

Oftentimes, the best way to find a good orthodontist is by word of mouth (no pun intended). Any reputable business will have past and current clients who are happy to recommend them. Prior to moving back to the area and starting Charleston Orthodontic Specialists, Dr. Savastano had a successful practice in Florida for over 15 years, where he helped hundreds of patients find their perfect smile.

4. Do They Take Adult Patients?

Have you finally reached that point in your life where you’re ready to fix your smile for cosmetic or health reasons? Some offices only take younger patients, so be sure to confirm the orthodontist you are considering will see and treat adults. We treat patients of all ages at our offices and ensure everyone feels equally welcome.

5. Do They Offer Several Different Types of Treatment?

There are many different types of orthodontic treatment available today. Don’t limit yourself by seeing an orthodontist that only offers one or two options or opting for mail-order treatment that only fixes minor issues. Some of the treatments we offer include traditional braces in silver, gold, or champagne, braces in fun shapes (including Mascot Braces), almost-invisible ceramic braces, and Invisalign.

6. Do They Have an Office and Staff That Make you Feel Comfortable?

We know no one likes to go to the orthodontist and we don’t take it personally. But when you are looking for one, you should find someone who will make you feel as comfortable as possible. Be sure you like not only the orthodontist, but also the staff, since you will be seeing them at every visit. Be sure the waiting area is clean and welcoming. If you haven’t been to any of our convenient locations, you should stop by to see our modern exam rooms and meet our team.

7. Do They Have Multiple Payment Options and Discounts?

No matter how much you like the office, the people, or the products they offer, if you can’t afford the treatment, nothing else matters. Be sure to find an orthodontist who has a payment option that works for you. We accept most dental insurance coverage, offer a low down payment with monthly installments, and give discounts to those who pay in full at the beginning of treatment.

Whether you are wanting braces for your kids or yourself, it’s important to find an orthodontist who is right for you. We’d like to think that’s us, but schedule a free exam today to find out for yourself!