When you want to straighten your smile and align your teeth for better health, you’ll need to find an orthodontist to help you out. While you might think you’ll be fine by choosing just any orthodontist, there are plenty of reasons you should take your time to find the best one for you. While every orthodontist needs to be licensed to legally run a practice, not every orthodontist is the same when it comes to having updated knowledge, the latest equipment, or good payment options.
Choose an Orthodontist with Up-to-Date Expertise
You could find an orthodontist who has years of experience and think they are the most trustworthy, but this might not always be the case. They could be doing many of the right things, but very well could be behind the times when it comes to the best practices out there based on new research and development. The best orthodontists regularly attend conferences and networking events to get the latest knowledge on developments in the field. Our very own Dr. Nick J. Savastano is a member of the American Association of Orthodontics, meaning he has consistent access to the best and recent updates in orthodontic treatment.
Not All Orthodontists Have Modern Equipment
You might find the first orthodontist you contact uses technology that may have been cutting edge years ago but is now obsolete. One method for getting impressions some orthodontists still use is the practice of using clay molds. This putty-like substance has a foul taste and smell, which causes many patients to gag, meaning the impression could take a few attempts to get right. It also takes five minutes at a time for each mold, which can add up to a long time with multiple attempts.
Here at our orthodontic practice in Charleston, we have the iTero Scanner, which gathers incredibly precise images within a minute, all without any messy compounds. This cuts down the time and hassle dramatically, while also increasing the accuracy of the impressions. For some cases, the system will even render your final results, allowing you to see your future smile.
Choose Quality Care You Can Afford
Our practice partners with an innovative payment platform, called OrthoFi, which allows you to make a low down payment and choose payment options that work for your budget. This platform also allows parents who raise their kids separately to conveniently contribute payments directly into the system, getting rid of any confusion involved in the process. You can set up direct withdrawals from your preferred account, so you never forget a payment.
Of course, we will always honor dental insurance plans to help cover the cost of your orthodontic treatment. We also make our initial exams totally free of charge so you understand what your treatment would be like before you even begin.
To get a better idea of the difference our practice makes, schedule your free assessment at Charleston Orthodontic Specialists today!