How to Choose an Orthodontist

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that your child get a check-up with an orthodontist at the first recognition of the existence of an orthodontic problem, but no later than age 7.  However, you are never too old to benefit from orthodontic treatment. Adults represent a significant percentage of patients in most orthodontic practices.


Finding the right orthodontist is an important decision. We know you want the best care and an excellent result at an affordable price. The ABO wants to help you with this important and sometimes challenging process.


1. Obtain a listing of possible orthodontists in your area

- Recommendations from your dentist, family and friends

- Search for local board certified orthodontists on the Orthodontist Locator


2. Research options

-Verify that recommendations are trained orthodontic specialists

 Refer to What is a Board Certified Orthodontist 

- View Orthodontist’s website and patient reviews

-Verify if orthodontist is board certified by searching on the Orthodontist Locator


3. Meet with orthodontist for consult

- Ask the right questions to make a well informed decision – Refer to What to Ask Before You Choose

- Discuss recommended approach for treatment and other treatment options

- Review associated costs and discuss insurance coverage options