Well, your baby is getting older (sorry Mom!). They are in school, playing sports, doing other extracurricular activities, and all of the other stuff that keeps you busy here in the Canton area.
Even though these first few years of their lives have flown by, you’ve been monitoring their development closely to ensure that their bodies and minds are developing as they should be. That task has probably made you anxious, happy, upset, and everything in between!
As your child gets older, you may start noticing that their teeth aren’t quite straight, or that there’s a problem with their bite. If that’s the case, then it’s important you schedule an orthodontic visit for your child as soon as possible, because the earlier we catch any issues, the easier (and less expensive) they typically are to solve!
One question that a lot of patients (well Moms and Dads that is) ask us is, “What should I be looking for in an orthodontist for my child here in Canton, GA?”
It’s an important question, and one that we want to take a few minutes to answer. Here are the top 5 things you need to look for when selecting an orthodontist for your child:
If you would like to “meet” the orthodontist at Canton Dental Town before you read the rest of the article, click the link below and watch Dr. Crosby’s video.Meet Dr. Crosby
1 Make sure you’re actually choosing an orthodontist
This one seems obvious, but it’s on here for a reason. There are some dental practices that may offer certain orthodontic services, but aren’t actually orthodontists. This is your child’s teeth and oral health we’re talking about, so make sure they are in the hands of a clinically trained, board certified orthodontist!
2 Experience and number of cases
Experience matters. Dr. Crosby has been a practicing orthodontist for 10+ years, and in that time has treated countless patients. Even though all doctors have to start somewhere, you probably don’t want your child (or yourself) being a guinea pig for a new orthodontist.
3 Friendly personality (a fun, passionate orthodontist)
This is more important than most parents realize. Sure, you and your child need to have a good rapport with your orthodontist, but ensuring that you choose an orthodontist for your child who is fun, friendly, entertaining, and focuses on boosting their self-esteem will ensure that your child associates visiting a dental/orthodontic practice with a positive experience, not a negative one.
It’s about much more than just braces. It’s about ensuring that your child has a healthy relationship with medical providers for many years to come!
4 Kid-friendly practice (not an “operating room” feel)
While getting braces is a relatively minor issue in the grand scheme of things, we understand that for you and your child it is a very big deal when you’re in our office. That’s why all of Dental Town’s locations (Canton, Cumming, Alpharetta, and Johns Creek) are all designed to be kid friendly.
After all, our name is Dental Town for a reason! Our offices are designed to mimic “towns” that children absolutely love. Take a look at the video on the page below:http://www.dentaltownsmiles.com/office-tour
5 Offers 2nd opinions
Maybe you’ve already met with another orthodontist, but you just want a 2nd opinion. That’s fine! As a parent you want to ensure that you are getting the very best orthodontic treatment for your child, so we completely understand your desire to meet with multiple orthodontists.
Whether you’ve already started treatment with another orthodontist in the Canton area, or are currently interviewing orthodontists, we would love to meet you and your child.
Bonus: Adult Orthodontics (Without Traditional Braces!)
Did you think that we just treat kids? Sure, most orthodontic patients are children and teenagers, but that doesn’t mean we don’t treat our fair share of adult patients, as well.
In fact, one of our most popular treatment options in Canton are Invisalign adult braces. So, whether you have a child who needs braces, or you’re looking to straighten your own teeth, we’ve got you covered.
(Actually, here’s an article we wrote specifically discussing Invisalign at our Canton, GA practice: http://www.dentaltownsmiles.com/adult-braces-in-canton-ga-is-invisalign-right-for-you/)
Alright...back to the kids stuff (and being proactive)
It’s important to note that the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child have an orthodontic exam no later than age 7.
This means that, even if your child isn’t having any signs or symptoms indicating they need orthodontic intervention, it’s still a good idea to schedule an appointment with an orthodontist just to be safe.
You’ll have the peace of mind that comes with knowing you are doing the best thing for your child!
Give us a call and book an appointment today in Canton!
If you’re in the Canton, GA area and are looking for an orthodontist for yourself or your child, give Dental Town a call today!