The 9 Things You Must Know Before Choosing Your Family’s Orthodontist
Orthodontics today can do far more than just straighten teeth. Sculpting a beautiful smile requires an enormous attention to details that goes far beyond tooth alignment. I am Dr. Richard Rosenbloom. My passion is not to simply straighten teeth, but rather to create a smile which increases confidence, self-esteem, attractiveness, happiness and even fun for children and adults. I truly believe my orthodontic treatment creates life-long advantages and opportunities for my patients.
Orthodontists are experts in dental and facial development. An orthodontist is a dental specialist, who after graduating from dental school, completes additional full-time university-based education in an accredited orthodontic residency program supervised by orthodontic experts. Specialty training requires 2-3 additional academic years and admission is extremely competitive. Mastering the physics of tooth movement and understanding the biology of facial development and guidance, orthodontists are the specifically educated experts in dentistry to straighten teeth and align jaws.
Orthodontists limit their practices to orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. This means that orthodontic treatment is what they do, and all they do. Selecting an orthodontist who is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) is your assurance that you have chosen an orthodontist: the dental specialist with at least 2-3 years of advanced specialty education in orthodontics in a university-based program accredited by the American Dental Association.*
*American Association of Orthodontists website – www.braces.org.
To seek treatment from an orthodontic specialist, you do not need to be referred by a general dentist. In fact, greater than 50 percent of patients that are treated by R&R Orthodontics are not referred by a general dentist. These patients come to us because of the recommendation of their friends and family, regarding their experience with Dr. Rosenbloom and his reputation for personalized care. In fact, over the years, we have treated numerous family members of local dentists and their staff. If dentists trust their family’s orthodontic care to Dr. Rosenbloom, shouldn’t you?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children should have an orthodontic evaluation by age 7. An experienced orthodontist can clearly see by age seven whether developmental issues can turn into problems. Early detection of common orthodontic problems such as crowding, premature loss of baby teeth, cross bites, or many other unfavorable developmental issues can lead to the implementation of the most appropriate treatment, that can result in a shorter course of therapy, and is less painful for the patient.
Frequently, no early intervention will be necessary, except careful monitoring of your child’s dental development. This will give you peace of mind when it is not clear to you whether an issue you see is really a problem or just a stage of development that doesn’t require intervention.
Although orthodontic treatment is possible at any age, there is an ideal time when the most conservative techniques will produce the best results. And, the orthodontist is specifically trained to determine this ideal time. Skeletal (jaw size) discrepancy treatment must be initiated while there is enough growth remaining, otherwise, compromises and compensations will be needed. Crowding is often the result of narrow jaws and early orthopedic expansion can create more room for tooth alignment and a broader smile. Expansion has to be started at the right time and will not be successful if initiated too late. This is why early evaluation is advised.
Orthodontic treatment is not just for children. In fact, many of the patients treated by R&R Orthodontics are adults. Many of our adult patients are finding out how a healthy, attractive smile can enhance their careers, as well as their self-esteem and contentment.
Treatment time can sometimes be reduced as well, with limited treatment goals and options which are completely appropriate for many adults. Even though you may not have had braces when you were young, why deprive yourself of the many benefits of expert orthodontic treatment?
R & R Orthodontics makes orthodontic care affordable for your family. We offer complimentary initial orthodontic evaluations. In addition, if Dr. Rosenbloom feels that the timing is right to begin any treatment, we offer many options to make treatment affordable. We offer in-house Interest-Free payment plans. In addition, we offer a No Money Down payment option, if qualified. For your convenience, we gladly accept Visa, Mastercard and Discover.
Orthodontics is a long-term commitment with a possibility of 2 to 2 ½ years of active treatment and 1 to 2 years of retention follow-up. Orthodontic associates in a general dentistry practice may change their location before your orthodontic treatment is completed. This may result in an increase in treatment time, an undesirable orthodontic result, and/or the need to find another orthodontist to finish treatment. Dr. Rosenbloom has established a reputation for orthodontic excellence in Dutchess County and nearby towns, and has been an orthodontic specialist here for over 20 years.
There are many, many details that go into selecting an orthodontic office. Look closely at the details. Ask yourself:
- Who addresses the details for you both professionally and in support service?
- Will you have a one-on-one conference with the Doctor and not just a delegated staff member to explain the findings and discuss treatment recommendations?
- What is the atmosphere you sense when visiting the office?
- Were you treated the way you would choose to be treated?
- Did you walk away understanding the process?
We are very confident about what you will discover at R & R Orthodontics, and we encourage you to find out for yourself
Call us today to schedule your consultation or your first appointment! We have two convenient locations to serve you.
LaGrangeville: 1145 Route 55, Lexington Park / Fishkill: 1491 Route 52, Suite 45