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What You Need to Know When Evaluating an Orthodontist

Posted in General, Tips & Advice

Choosing an orthodontist is an important decision for your oral health. From the quality of care to the experience, there are many factors to consider. Here is what you need to know when evaluating an orthodontist, as suggested by the Canadian Association of Orthodontists 

Choose a Specialist

Many dentists offer orthodontic treatment, but they are not considered to be ‘specialists’. An orthodontic specialist has completed an additional 2-3 years of advanced training in an accredited orthodontic residency program. In Canada, a licensed specialist has a certification from the Royal College of Dental Surgeons.

Good Reputation

A good reputation is another critical factor you should consider when evaluating an orthodontist. An established orthodontist has past and current patients that you can ask about their experience with that particular orthodontist.


Make sure you feel comfortable with your orthodontist. Orthodontic treatment has the potential to take a longer duration of time, which is why comfortability is essential. Be sure you like not only the orthodontist but also their staff and office since you will be seeing them at every checkup.

Member of an Orthodontic Association

It is essential that an orthodontist is a member of a credited Association of Orthodontists. Being a member of an association allows the orthodontist to engage with other colleagues and learn the most up-to-date techniques and clinical research. In Canada, an orthodontist should be a member of the Canadian Association of Orthodontists.

Other Factors to Consider

There are many factors to consider when you’re looking for orthodontists. You should evaluate their credentials, personality, and reputation.

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