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How to find a orthodontist for kids?

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Jan 1, 2019
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How to find a orthodontist for kids?

My 8 yr old daughter recently had a regular dentist appointment. She has some new teeth coming that are not properly aligned. Family dentist recommended to start the orthodontic assessment and treatment right away. Family dentist also does orthodontic treatment ( although checking online i could not find any orthodontic credentials for him). So, they are asking pre-orthodontics evaluation which includes x-rays and measurements ( by hygienist) for $700 first and then assessment/treatment plan discussion by Dentist ( at this step cost of the treatment will be shared).
This way i'll have spend $700 for evaluation before getting to know the treatment plan and cost of it. Is this normal procedure? Should i consult with some other orthodontists before going with the family doctor? I do want to get the orthodontic treatment for my kids ( i am sure my 6 yr old is going to need it too), just want to understand what would be the right approach. thanks.
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My advice is to goto a board certified orthodontist for your orthodontic needs. There's no denying that a board certified orthodontist will have more experience in orthodontics, and more capable to handle all sorts of cases and complications. There's just no way a regular general dentist will be able to accumulate the orthodontic experience when compared to a full orthodontist.
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coilz wrote: My advice is to goto a board certified orthodontist for your orthodontic needs. There's no denying that a board certified orthodontist will have more experience in orthodontics, and more capable to handle all sorts of cases and complications. There's just no way a regular general dentist will be able to accumulate the orthodontic experience when compared to a full orthodontist.
This

Orthodontics is a whole other SPECIALIZATION from regular dentistry

Our family has a history of using orthodontists … 2 Generations, going on a third (big teeth & short jaw = crowding, extractions, realignment)

Never would I recommend using anyone than a Board Certified Orthodontist as there is so many intricacies to the field …

Much like I wouldn’t recommend anyone get a GP to undertake surgery! You go to a Surgeon / Specialist in the field of your ailment
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IMHO, get referrals from friends and try to do one phase only if possible.
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Thanks all, I did some more research on this, now have shortlisted few Orthodontists in West Ottawa/Kanata area, to whom i am planning to contact.
I am wondering if there is a board certification for orthodontists, why the general dentists allowed to practice this trade without the certification?

- Is there any specific questions i need to ask to orthodontists before picking one for my kids?

thanks.
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Boss1111 wrote: Thanks all, I did some more research on this, now have shortlisted few Orthodontists in West Ottawa/Kanata area, to whom i am planning to contact.
I am wondering if there is a board certification for orthodontists, why the general dentists allowed to practice this trade without the certification?

- Is there any specific questions i need to ask to orthodontists before picking one for my kids?

thanks.
General dentists are licensed to do almost any procedures as long as they're competent. It's mostly due to less specialties back in the olden days. Training is also more comprehensive back in the olden days as well since there are way less specialists around back 30-40 years ago. Nowadays with specialists everywhere, general dentists are taught more to recognize complicated issues and refer to the correct specialists. Some general dentist do take further continual education courses to gain more knowledge and experience in certain subjects, common ones being orthodontics, implantology, endodontics to name a few. Board certification just proves without a doubt that that dentist have the knowledge/education to call themselves a specialist in orthodontics. Whereas if a general dentist advertise orthodontic services, they usually are obligated to mention "Service provided by a general dentist" , and legally can not call themselves an orthodontist. Again that's not to say general dentist are not capable of doing good orthodontics, just chances are it's not their main focus, and there will be a sizeable experience difference.

As for questions? For your 8 yr old, you can always ask questions like any interceptive treatment they recommend right now? Would they think further treatment is possible? Or if any treatment is necessary at this time even? How often do you have to bring the child back to check on changes ? and the big question of how much would it cost?
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Boss1111 wrote: Thanks all, I did some more research on this, now have shortlisted few Orthodontists in West Ottawa/Kanata area, to whom i am planning to contact.
I am wondering if there is a board certification for orthodontists, why the general dentists allowed to practice this trade without the certification?

- Is there any specific questions i need to ask to orthodontists before picking one for my kids?

thanks.
Most of the info that @coilz provided is correct …
But I would suggest that the “olden days” were not 30 years ago … more like 50+

I am over 60
I went to a certified orthodontist
As did a lot of my peers

By the late 1960s … Dentistry was already becoming quite specialized

My kids went to orthodontists as well (in the 1990s)

Although an orthodontist visit is well worth a look see / professional consultation @ 8 years old

Most will tell you they won’t be doing much work before the jaw line is more developed
And the second set of molars are at least on their way
That’s usually around age 11 or 12

It’s only then can the decisions be made regarding crowding, possible extraction of said molars
And how ones bite lines up etc

Personally, I wore braces from 12 to 15
And my kids wore theirs for about the same time frame

Expensive investment … but worthwhile

An initial consultation should answer a lot of the questions you have regarding what the average length of time is, cost, and interval between visits etc. The one thing you do want is someone you like … and your kid feels comfortable with. A lot of the success comes from everyone being able to communicate … and be honest & open (Yes … I screwed up this month and ate too much Halloween Candy … or … we need an emergency appointment cuz we broke a wire while eating a prohibited food etc ). If you all cannot talk to each other openly … then your results will be less. You gotta trust each other.
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PointsHubby wrote: Most of the info that @coilz provided is correct …
But I would suggest that the “olden days” were not 30 years ago … more like 50+

I am over 60
I went to a certified orthodontist
As did a lot of my peers

By the late 1960s … Dentistry was already becoming quite specialized

My kids went to orthodontists as well (in the 1990s)

Although an orthodontist visit is well worth a look see / professional consultation @ 8 years old

Most will tell you they won’t be doing much work before the jaw line is more developed
And the second set of molars are at least on their way
That’s usually around age 11 or 12

It’s only then can the decisions be made regarding crowding, possible extraction of said molars
And how ones bite lines up etc

Personally, I wore braces from 12 to 15
And my kids wore theirs for about the same time frame

Lol perhaps I still think it's early 2000s here :) But my point is general dentists trained in the 60s 70s are trained differently than the ones today, and that older dentists are more likely to do more procedures either thru experience thru their long career and training from school days. There have been specialist for a long time, but you have to admit there are way more orthodontic offices now than in the past.

And interceptive treatment before 10yrs old is quite common nowadays, with palatal expanders and head gears etc. The point for these devices are to create space in the jaw and guide them as they grow to avoid having to extract teeth for space purposes later. That is why a consult with the orthodontists around 8 yrs old is not a bad idea if the general dentist already see there are crowding issues with the primary/mixed dentition phase.

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