5 ways to know you’ve found a great orthodontist

If you or a loved one has decided to see an orthodontist for the first time, congratulations! You are taking the first step towards a healthier and happier smile. Choosing an orthodontist is an important task, but you may not know what to look for.

At Petty & Bielik Orthodontics, we want to assure you that you’re in the hands of experts you can trust. Here are five things you should look for in an orthodontic practice. Keep these in mind to help you know when you’ve found your smile family!

Proper education and training

When selecting any doctor, it is most important to make sure that they are qualified to perform the services they offer. Orthodontists must complete a bachelor’s degree, a four-year degree in dentistry, and an additional certification specializing in orthodontics, which includes fulfilling an accredited residency program. Your orthodontist should be properly licensed and certified. Don’t be afraid to ask an orthodontist about their qualifications! They should be happy to share their background with you.

Professional organization membership

Specialized professional organizations, such as the American Association of Orthodontists or Illinois State Dental Society, provide doctors opportunities for continuing education, which is required to maintain an active license. Participation in organizations is a sign that your doctor is passionate about their line of work and committed to bringing you the most up-to-date care.

A variety of treatment options

At Petty & Bielik Orthodontics, we offer a range of alignment options, including Damon Braces, and Invisalign®. Our experts work with you to determine the best treatment based on your individual needs and goals.

Flexible payment options

Orthodontic treatment can be expensive, but a good practice will provide payment options that make the process affordable. At Petty & Bielik Orthodontics, we don’t want costs to keep you from the treatment you deserve, which is why we allow you to customize your down payment and monthly payment arrangements. For more information about financing, contact our office.

Welcoming and trustworthy

Great orthodontists personally connect with their patients, listen to their concerns and needs, and make an effort to help them feel at home; this is what distinguishes the great orthodontists from the good ones! Online reviews are a valuable resource for finding out how happy patients are with their doctor and the results of their treatment.

You and your loved ones deserve the best care, and the team at Petty & Bielik Orthodontics is proud to provide it to you. Check out our website for more information about our practice, and if you are ready to become part of our smile family, book a free consultation appointment today!