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As an adult, I have learned that having a good dentist is very important. Not only does a dentist help to keep your smile looking great, but they also work to keep teeth healthy and free of damage. No matter what area of East Tennessee you live in, you’ll find that there are many dental practice’s to choose from. It can often be overwhelming when trying to find a new dentist that cater’s to your needs.
I recently visited Lynnwood Dental and asked an established Knoxville dentist, Dr. Sara Boren, to share some tips that will help when searching for a new dentist. Below are a few things she suggested to keep in mind that may help you select a dentist.
One of the best ways to select a dentist is to ask friends and family for recommendations and opinions. This is a great approach in selecting a new dentist because you will get real, honest, and in-depth reviews. Be sure to ask them many different questions. Some excellent questions to ask include; How friendly is the dentist and staff? Do they have a modern dental office that offers the latest technology? Do they provide a wide range of services? These are just a few of the questions you can ask them. Think about what qualities and qualifications are most important to you. After all, a dentist is someone you will be building a life-long relationship of oral health with.
Your doctor or primary care physician may be able to provide you with good recommendations on a new dentist. They may recommend a dentist that they visit themselves or even a good dentist friend that can refer you to. Another professional you could ask would be your local pharmacist. They also may be able to recommend a dentist in the local area, based on what they hear from their customers.
One of the best tips to keep in mind when trying to choose a new dentist is to be sure that they accept your insurance. Keeping your possibilities limited to only dentists who are in your dental insurance network will avoid any unnecessary headache and hassle.
Some dentists may have too many patients and cannot accept new patients. So, it’s important to ask any new dentist if they accept new patients. If they are not accepting new patients at this time, they will often recommend a new dentist for you to try.
When trying to choose a new dentist it is important to factor in the hours they are open. Having a dentist that offers later hours or weekend appointments and accommodates your schedule is the always a plus.
A great way to be sure that your new dentist will be a good fit for you is to schedule a consultation. Visiting or even calling before making an actual appointment is a great way to get to know the dentist and the staff.
When choosing a new dentist it is important to keep in mind what services they provide. For instance; Are you planning on having cosmetic dental work done in the future? Is your family going to be seeing the same dental care provider? It is often best to choose a dentist that offers a wide range of services to fulfill all of your needs in one office.
Asking your co-workers for a recommendation on a new dentist is another great way to find a dentist. They provide you with an actual first-hand account of their experience with a particular dentist. They may also be able to tell you which dental offices are closet to your job or home.
Although there are many different factors to keep in mind when trying to choose your new dentist, these are helpful things to remember that can help make choosing a dentist much easier.
An orthodontist is a dentist who has pursued specialized training after dental
school to assist people with difficulties in the structure of their teeth, jaws or
mouth. Choosing a career as an orthodontist means having a passion for helping
people, a keen interest in anatomy and physical science, and analyzing
the alignment of teeth. The main requirement for an orthodontist is whether your
personality will suit the type of work expected. On a daily basis, you will evaluate
the dental problems of patients, involving technical and creative choices to improve
dental health. A person who enjoys working alone in a private practice, rather than in
a group practice, would do well in this field.
It all begins with an education in dentistry. A strong science background is
recommended when choosing a curriculum in undergraduate school. Classes
should include biology, chemistry and anatomy. Most patients will be children
and teens, so an interest in communication skills and an understanding of how
to calm someone is definitely an asset. It is essential to keep a high grade-point
average because the competition is fierce and only the most qualified students
are accepted into the advanced dental programs.
Dental schools require taking the Dental Acceptance Test in their junior year.
Recommendations are sometimes necessary depending on where you plan to
practice. Standard classes include local anesthesia, periodontology and
radiology. Anatomy classes are also a must. In the last years of dental school, a
student practices on patients in a clinical setting supervised by a licensed
Now qualified as a dentist, another two to four years is needed in order to qualify
as an orthodontist. The United States Dental Institute has an index of the
orthodontic courses in the curriculum. These include Diagnosis and Treatment
Planning, Straight Wire Technique, Cephalometrics, Straight Wire Technique,
TMJ courses, and Myofunctional Therapy. Descriptions are available on the
website. Check with the American Dental Association and the American Board of
Orthodontists to obtain additional certifications.
You are ready to hang up your license and qualifications to begin a career as an
orthodontist. Depending on the state, a postgraduate residency term and a
special state exam may be required. Licensing also varies state by state and
should be checked in advance.
As a practicing orthodontist, some of your daily tasks include:
Examining and diagnosing dental abnormalities, such as jaw development
and tooth position
Developing a treatment plan by studying medical or dental records,
pictures of face and teeth, X-rays and plaster models of teeth
Fitting and adjusting dental appliances regularly for proper functioning
Preparing records for diagnosis and treatment
Designing and making appliances, such as retainers, space maintainers,
and labial and lingual arch wires
Providing instructions to technical assistants and dental officers
Communicating and coordinating with other dental and medical services
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov),
as of May 2015, orthodontists earn a median annual salary around $187,000,
depending on location and previous experience. With a faster than average
growth nationwide of 18%, prospects remain very good for the next ten years.
By embracing new technology, today’s orthodontist is able to correct conditions
that were untreatable in the past generations. Every patient is a unique
challenge and if you are up to it, an orthodontia career of helping people feel
better and improving smiles may be the choice for you.