If you’ve made the decision to get braces for your child or yourself, then you’ve probably got a whole list of questions. But, have no fear! Birmingham Orthodontics is here to help transform that uncertainty into excitement. Below you’ll find some tips and suggestions of things you should know before you go.
So…where should I go?
Why, Birmingham Orthodontics of course! Putting our own personal-biasness aside, finding an orthodontist office that meets your individual family’s needs is important. So here are a few quick pointers to help when choosing an orthodontist.
First and foremost, you’re going to want to find a place that is convenient for you and your family. Most patients will want to find a place that is convenient to where they live, work, or go to school. For that reason, many patients seek out practices with multiple locations. Besides location, some other things to consider are their hours, wait-times, and the availability of time-saving programs like same-day braces.
How Birmingham Orthodontics does convenience:
· Multiple locations: Hoover, Trussville, Alabaster, and Hwy 119
· No-wait appointments
· Friday hours
· Same-day braces
It should come as little to no surprise that braces cost money. But what you may not know is that there is no flat fee for orthodontic treatment. Because every smile is different, every treatment plan and practice will charge differently. And while some places require large down payments or only accept certain insurance carriers, others offer in-house financing and work with a wide-variety of insurance providers. Additionally, practices may offer discounts to alleviate the financial burden of getting braces.
Birmingham Orthodontics on financing:
· In-house financing
· Multiple-family discounts
· Free initial consultation
· Accepts wide-variety of insurance providers
When choosing where to get braces, you’ll need to make sure that the orthodontists there are in fact orthodontists. The good news is, you don’t need to put your smile at risk to find out about this one. Before you go, be sure to call or check online that the treating doctors are licensed Orthodontists and certified to practice in your state.
Birmingham Orthodontics on Quality:
· Five Licensed Orthodontists
· All practicing physicians are led by a Board Certified Orthodontist
· Fully Licensed to practice in Alabama
· Quality-assurance programs like Lifetime Smile Guarantee
Awards and Reputation
Much like choosing a restaurant, a great way to determine whether or not a place is right for you is by listening to what other people have to say. Obviously, choosing a physician for treatment carries more weight than choosing a restaurant, but the steps are similar. Whether it’s people’s-choice types of awards, online reviews, or just asking a neighbor, asking around and doing some research beforehand should tell you a lot about the practice you’re considering.
Birmingham Orthodontics on Awards
· Winner of multiple “Birmingham’s Best Orthodontist” awards by Birmingham Magazine
· Birmingham’s Best Small Business by Birmingham Business Journal
· Check out some of our reviews here
Your first appointment!
Once you’ve done your research and found a place that accommodates your schedule, budget, and expectations, the next step is your first appointment. While we can’t speak toward how others handle this step, at Birmingham Orthodontics, your first consultation is quick, comprehensive, and completely free! And if this appointment is for one of your little ones, you can read up on how to talk to your kid about getting braces.