4 Reasons to Get an Orthodontist’s Second Opinion

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Published by Dr. Charles Gemmi

A Board Certified Orthodontist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, Dr. Charles Gemmi has been a practicing orthodontist with Orthodontics Limited since 2000 and is a member of the teaching staff at Einstein Medical Center. Orthodontics Limited is a Diamond+ Provider of Invisalign in Philadelphia and Hatboro, PA.

You have probably heard a few orthodontist horror stories from friends and families, stories of spending so much money and not getting the results you were promised, or the development of tooth decay and jaw issues because there was an error in treatment. Getting braces or any orthodontic treatment really is a big investment of time and money not to mention that your health could be at risk if things go wrong so never ever feel guilty about wanting a second opinion.

The first orthodontist you consult with isn’t necessarily going to be the best fit for you. Just like the first open house you visit isn’t necessarily going to be the house you buy, it takes time and research to make the best decision. Never ever let any orthodontist to pressure you into making a final decision during your initial consultation.

Here are 4 reasons to get an orthodontist’s second opinion:

Your Gut Is Warning You

We all have a strong intuitive sense that warns us about possible dangers if we would just be open to it. If you just have a sense of foreboding about an orthodontist, even if you can’t quite put your finger on what is wrong, listen to what your body is trying to tell you. This is separate from a general fear of dentist, this is just an off feeling you have for a particular orthodontist. Don’t feel guilty about wanting to get a second opinion. It is your health, after all.

Office Stuck in the 1970s

If you walk into an orthodontist’s office and you feel like you walked back into the 1970s again with all the outdated technology and of course the shag carpet then this is a cause for concern. To put your trust into an orthodontist’s hands, you want someone who is up-to-date on all the latest technologies and keeps a clean and modern office. To feel more confident that you are getting the best treatment options out there, don’t be afraid to keep looking if you have doubts about the first place you visit.

The Staff Are Cold and Inflexible

Besides the appearance of the office, how the staff treat you is also important. If they are impatient or worse rude or don’t seem to care if you are worried or nervous about needing orthodontic treatment then, you know you will feel miserable and stressed going to this practice on a regular basis.

Disagreement Over Treatment Options

If an orthodontist offers you a diagnosis or a treatment option that doesn’t seem like a good fit to you, don’t think your opinion is valid. Ask lots of questions to better understand their thought processes and if you still disagree, take ownership over your health by doing your own research and getting a second or even third opinion.

Sometimes if an orthodontist is only skilled at certain techniques, they will push those techniques even if that might not be the best options for you. It is important to choose an orthodontist who is versatile enough to tailor an individual treatment plan for you.

If you are looking for a second opinion in Philadelphia area, consider Orthodontics Limited.

Why choose Orthodontics Limited? For the best results, you want an orthodontist who is experienced and has proven success in treating different alignment issues. Here is why Orthodontics Limited is one of the top orthodontists in Philadelphia.

  • Individualized attention — Drs. Pale, Gemmi and Middleberg know what a big difference a straighter smile can make in a person’s life. Not only does it help restore self-confidence, it makes it easier to practice proper oral hygiene so you have a healthy, beautiful smile for years to come. The staff at Orthodontics Limited also understand that each person’s situation is different so that is why they take the time to sit down with you and go over your options. They will create the best treatment plan for your particular needs.
  • A team that really cares — At Orthodontics Limited, Drs. Gemmi, Middleberg and Pale really care about you and your oral health. Cost for any orthodontic treatment can be a big factor for many people and some people opt out of it because they consider it a luxury purchase. But crooked teeth is more than an aesthetic issue. Crooked teeth and bite issues can cause tooth decay and gum issues as well as jaw issues later down the line. Maintaining your oral health is important so Orthodontics Limited will work with you to come up with an affordable plan. The staff at Orthodontics Limited is also very compassionate and friendly and will always greet you with a smile giving you comfort and peace of mind a priority during your visits to the office.
  • Experienced staff — Drs. Pale, Gemmi and Middleberg are certified by the American Board of Orthodontist and only perform orthodontic work every day making them experts are what they do. They are also an Invisalign Top 1% provider, which means they are one of only three dental practices in Pennsylvania to be given this distinction in 2014 and 2015.
  • Updated equipment and technology — If you have ever walked into a dentist’s office and felt like you walked back into the 70s, then you understand the importance of updated equipment and technology. It is hard to have confidence in an orthodontist who hasn’t stayed up-to-date on all the current technology and trends in orthodontics. Drs. Pale, Gemmi and Middleberg offer all the latest technology in their offices and they always stay current on important trends in their field.

The best way to know if a particular orthodontist is right for you is to meet with them face to face. How you feel in their offices, how the staff treats you and the orthodontist’s chairside manner can all be factors in how you feel about a particular orthodontist. Don’t be afraid to set up consultations at different places.

Contact Orthodontics Limited today to find out why they are one of the top providers of braces in Philadelphia.

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