Top 10 Things You Should Know Before Choosing Your Orthodontist
1. What experience do they have?
Orthodontists are specially trained dentists who take on several extra years of training in order to “straighten teeth,” usually by affixing braces to the patient’s teeth. You might say we “Specialize in Smiles”. Orthodontists also perform dentofacial orthopedics. This is a fancy way to describe how we normalize the structure of a patient’s jaw bones in order to repair any imbalance in their face. All orthodontists are dentists, but only 6% of dentists are orthodontists.
Look for the seal of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). Only orthodontic specialists can belong to the AAO.
Another sign of a good specialist is they can show you a before and after of a similar case that they have previously helped. We know all mouths are different, but with all the lives and smiles we have transformed, we can show you a similar case to your specific mouth.
2. How long will appointments take?
When going to the orthodontist, one of the last things you want to do is sit and wait for your appointment after you arrive.
Mountain West Orthodontists strives to provide you with the most enjoyable orthodontic visit ever. That is hard to do if you have to spend your time in the waiting room.
We go above and beyond to ensure that your visit is as pleasant as possible. Your time is spent with Dr. Allison Tomlin and the team instead of waiting to see them.
3. Is their treatment personalized?
We recognize that every patient has different needs, and we pride ourselves in the courteous service we deliver to each person who walks through our doors. Whether you’re an adult, adolescent or child, our knowledgeable doctor and staff are committed to helping you achieve the smile you deserve.
- You’ll receive individual attention from Dr. Allison Tomlin at every visit. Your treatment plan will be designed specifically for you.
- We want you to feel at home in our office. We love getting to know our patients and their families and want you to be fully involved in the treatment process.
- We pride ourselves in taking the time to explain the diagnosis, and inform you about each procedure as we progress with the treatment.
We offer only the best orthodontic treatment to our patients and will custom design the right treatment plan for you and your family.
4. Do they treat young children?
The American Academy of Orthodontists recommend children be evaluated as early as 7 years old. At Mountain West Dental Specialists, we are uniquely qualified to evaluate the growth and development of your child because of our team of pediatric and orthodontic specialists. All children in our office are automatically enrolled into our Growth Guidance Program where we evaluate your child every visit. Early identification and treatment of problems can save significant time and money later in life.
5. Do they offer braces and orthodontics for adults?
Orthodontics is not just for kids! It is important that your Orthodontist can treat patients of all ages. In fact, 30% of orthodontic patients we see at Mountain West Orthodontics are adults. Many adults are finding out how a healthy bite and attractive smile is important to their overall health and the way they feel about themselves. More and more adults are choosing to avoid a lifetime of crooked teeth for health concerns or problems with their bite.
6. What is their reputation like?
With the internet today, it is extremely easy to pull up ratings and reviews from patients. Simply go to Google and search for orthodontist reviews and ratings within your town. You will see we have many reviews on Google posted by our patients, and we are 5-star rated.
7. Do they recommend retainers? What’s their maintenance plan?
Your follow-up is just as important as your treatment. When you take the time and expense to gain a life changing smile, you want to make sure it stays that way. Mountain West Orthodontics treatment plans include retainers to help you keep that perfect smile!
8. Are they available if there’s an emergency?
At Mountain West Orthodontics our regular business hours are:
If you should have an emergency on the weekend, all you need to do is call. We are here for you!
9. Are they involved in the local community?
Much can be said about the character of a doctor that remains active within their community. Despite their endlessly busy schedules of appointments, continuing education courses and spending time with their families, they still make time to play an active role within their community. Whether they are sponsoring a runner in a 5K, helping at a charity event, or simply donating to a local charity, they are doing their part to better the community they work and live in.
Dr. Allison Tomlin and Dr. Keaton Tomlin are very active in the community, sponsoring local schools, youth sports, and other youth activities. They also contribute their time and financial support to several of their favorite charities.
10. Do they have options for payment plans?
Once you are comfortable and you know specifically which orthodontist you want to treat you or your child, the next question typically is, “How much is this going to cost, and how am I going to pay for this?”
Your orthodontic treatment should be affordable! Mountain West Orthodontics offers payment options and financing plans based on your individual situation.
The cost of your orthodontic treatment will vary depending on your individual needs and treatment plan. The Mountain West Orthodontic staff will discuss with you the cost of your treatment and each available payment plan option, so that you can make the best choice for you and your smile.
We will work with you to create a payment plan that fits your budget, and you will know what to expect before beginning treatment.
Your smile is yours forever, and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to receive the best orthodontic care whenever you need it.