Orthodontic treatment straightens teeth and changes lives. Smiles develop just like flowers that blossom. Choosing the right orthodontist is an important decision. Whether orthodontic treatment is for aesthetic reasons or to correct a problem with the bite, your orthodontist is the dental specialist best-suited to deliver that smile.

Here are some key factors in choosing the right orthodontist:

  1. Make sure the dentist is a licensed specialist in Canada with Certification from the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Canada. Orthodontists are dentists who spent an additional 2-3 years completing advanced education and clinical training. Orthodontists spend 100% of their time treating crooked teeth and jaws.
  2. Being a member of the national organization with the Canadian Association of Orthodontists (CAO). The CAO is the association that informs the public, government, and insurance companies about orthodontic treatment. The network of colleagues engages through online communication and meets once per year in September at the national scientific session. At the annual session, orthodontists engage with colleagues and learn the most up-to-date research and clinical techniques. An orthodontist who is a CAO member is represented by a national association that makes sure patients get the most ethical, up-to-date, and highest standards of orthodontic treatment.
  3. Confidence. As a possible patient or parent, it important to meet the orthodontist and evaluate how that person makes you feel. It is important to know if the orthodontist works closely with other orthodontists to maintain the most up-to-date standards in clinical practice.
  4. Reputation. Ask patients and their families what their experience is with that particular orthodontist and their team.
  5. Results. Ask the orthodontist at the first meeting to see similar results.  
  6. Patient experience. Feeling comfortable with the orthodontist and their team is very important.

The right orthodontic specialist needs to be at the forefront of research and clinical practice. After all, orthodontic treatment is a journey so you need to feel comfortable with the orthodontist and their team so that your short journey is as enjoyable as possible.