How to Choose an Orthodontist

Questions to ask when selecting your orthodontist.

You have made a decision for either yourself or your child to make a wonderful smile even better. This decision was reached with much forethought and you have most likely asked the following questions:

  • When is the right time to begin treatment?
  • What expense for treatment should be expected?
  • What is the right age to begin treatment?
  • What length of time will treatment take?
  • Are there different types of treatment and how will you know which is right for me/my child?

These are excellent questions and need to be addressed personally with your orthodontist. Every case is different, thus, there are no cookie cutter answers. HOWEVER... We would like to suggest asking these additional questions, which are CRUCIAL to proper treatment and choosing your orthodontist.

Ask Your Orthodontist the Following:

  1. Does he attend the South Florida Orthodontists Association meetings regularly?
  2. Does he attend the Florida Orthodontists Association meetings every year?
  3. Does he go to the American Association of Orthodontists annual meeting?
  4. Does he understand the importance of and have active involvement in study clubs?
  5. How many hours of continuing education has he acquired?
  6. Does insurance influence the course of treatment an orthodontist will prescribe?
  7. What percentage of his practice is two phases vs. one phase treatment?
  8. Is he board certified?

While compiling information regarding orthodontia, it is very important that you ask these questions, which should provide you with confidence in his/her ability to provide cutting-edge, cost-efficient and compassionate care. Feel free to ask any questions pertinent to your treatment in our office and you will receive confidence-inspiring answers.

  1. Dr. King regularly attends all meetings on a continuing basis.
  2. He is an active member of the Orange Coast Study Club.
  3. To date, Dr. King has acquired 3,000 hours of continuing education.
  4. Absolutely not. Insurance never determines course of treatment.
  5. Dr. King is adept at one-phase treatment and employs two-phase treatment when the circumstances are severe and it is warranted.
  6. Yes, Dr. King has his national board certification.