TOP TIPS FOR FINDING THE BEST ORTHODONTIST
“Dear Dr Bobby, I’m so confused! It’s really important to me that I find the best orthodontist, so how do I do that?”
That’s a great question, because it can be harder than you think!
The first thing to ask yourself is: “Is the person offering me orthodontic treatment actually an orthodontist?” If the practitioner assures you that they are a specialist in orthodontics then you can trust, whoever it may be, that they have the knowledge and expertise to help you. No-one can say they are a specialist in orthodontics if they are not! And having a “special interest” is not the same as being a “specialist”.
This is really important as there has recently been an explosion of “copycat qualifications” being offered by apparently trustworthy training institutions, which appear to have been designed specifically to mimic true specialist qualifications, and compete directly with real specialists, but only provide a small fraction of the training required for true specialisation.
These training providers seem to rely on the fact that the average member of the public finds it extremely difficult to tell the difference between a copycat qualification and true specialist qualifications.
While it is not at all illegal or improper for non-specialists to provide orthodontic treatment, I think it is worth remembering that you may be denying yourself or your child the opportunity to achieve a better outcome from treatment by not seeking a genuine specialist opinion.