More and more people in the UK are seeking orthodontic treatment and 75% of orthodontists have reported an increase in adult patients. Orthodontic treatments like braces or Invisalign are gaining in popularity as people want to straighten their teeth.
If you want to find the best orthodontist in London, there are things you should look out for. Read on for some tips on how to find the best orthodontist in London.
Ask for Recommendations
One of the best ways to learn about orthodontists in your area is to ask for recommendations from friends and family. Ask them who they’ve had experience with and would recommend (or avoid) and go from there. Word of mouth advertising from satisfied customers is one of the best marketing tools orthodontists have, so ask around!
Research Their Experience
Once you get some recommendations, do your own research. Learn about where they went to school, how long they have been in practice, and what types of dental work they do. If you want something like Invisalign, but that’s not their speciality, you might want to look elsewhere.
You should also read online reviews and check for any testimonials they may list on their site.
Verify Their Credentials
Legally, all dentists and orthodontists must be registered with the General Dental Council and Care Quality Commission. Make sure they are registered and check their other credentials. At 128 Harley Street Dental Suite, our orthodontists specialise in high-quality treatment and participate in continuing education to learn the latest techniques and updates in orthodontics.
Location and Convenience
If your treatment plan consists of many different appointments, you’ll want a location that is convenient for you to get to. Consider when you might be doing the appointments and choose one that is close to home or to work, depending on when you might go.
You also want to check on their appointment scheduling and whether it will work for your schedule. Do they have early morning appointments or evening appointments? If you have to go regularly for adjustments to orthodontic work, can you schedule these all ahead of time so you have a few months worth of appointments already on your calendar?
Meet With Them
It is standard to meet with an orthodontist for a consultation. They can review your dental records, discuss your options, and layout a potential treatment plan. Here are some of the questions you should ask them:
- How many appointments will this take?
- How long will my treatment take?
- How much will it cost?
- What payment plan options do you have?
- How will my teeth look after the treatment is done?
- Do you accept insurance?
- Do you have pictures of past patients you can show me?
Find the Best Orthodontist in London
Don’t just settle for any orthodontist. Make sure the person you selected specialises in what you need to have done to your teeth and has plenty of experience. A good orthodontist will be able to give you an idea of what you can expect, how long it will take, and what you can realistically expect from your treatment.
If you are ready to learn more about straightening your teeth with Invisalign, check out the special offers we have available and click on “I want this” for more information.
Dr. Stefan Abela
BChD, MFDS, RCS Eng, MSc, MORTH RCS Ed, AHEA, FDS Orth RCS Ed
Stefan is a Consultant in Orthodontics at one of the most prestigious London teaching hospitals; Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust.
Stefan is also a specialist in Orthodontics and is registered on the General Dental Council (GDC) specialist list. Stefan qualified as a dental surgeon in 2003 and underwent further training in various specialties including restorative dentistry, paediatric dentistry, oral medicine and complex oral and maxillofacial surgery including the management of facial trauma.