Last Updated on January 25, 2022 by Gio GreenardA great orthodontist is essential to reaching the best result for your smile. A second opinion from another expert is advised. You may be in need of Invisalign or traditional braces. The outcome will depend on the expert giving the treatment. In this post, we’ll take you through getting a second opinion on your treatment and saving time, aches, and money. Let’s get searching.
A second opinion is important to the success of the treatment. Get as many opinions as you can. Make sure of the following:
Your treatment may involve the fitting of full metal braces or you might have a number of Invisalign aligners to get through before your teeth become straight and true. lingual braces if available. The treatment options are important but also as important as the provider of the treatment.
You will want the best advice and the best minds to see the best result. Talent and experience are key here. You’ll want the best mechanic for your automobile, you want the best orthodontist for your teeth.
The decision on who to receive treatment from should not be rushed. Never agree to the first opinion and get a second opinion and even a third. Take your time to think about what is best for you. When you visit an orthodontic office for a consultation, you go through the same examinations.
Examination of oral health and teeth
Assess and diagnose your treatment needs
Cost of the treatment
The initial consultation should always be free, never pay. This way you can see as many orthodontists as you feel comfortable seeing without shelling out too many dollars. This gives you the chance to meet the expert and team for your or your children’s treatment.
Will Insurance Cover a Second Opinion?
You will have to contact your specific insurance company. You can find out what orthodontic care is covered. They may consider an aligner treatment plan as not essential and therefore not covered. A health savings account, flexible spending account will determine the outcome.
Check with your provider as to what medical information you need to take as proof of eligibility of you and your family members.
What Does a Second Opinion Mean?
Studies by Yale School of Medicine have shown that a quarter of patients who got a second opinion received a differing diagnosis. The rest received a diagnosis similar to the first. Medical opinions will always differ somewhat but use the same skill sets.
Orthodontists are doctors who train long and hard for their qualifications. They will look at a patient in a personal way using skills learned from schooling and experience. Things that differ include:
1. Length of Treatment
Your first visit may result in a traditional braces treatment recommendation. This may be because your occlusions demand it. It may also be that the individual orthodontist is not accustomed to Invisalign or lingual braces. A second opinion will give a more rounded approach to your orthodontic treatment needs and help you receive the most effective devices.
Seeing a second doctor for an opinion will also help you cost your treatment. Factors out of the control of individual experts are things like location and office space requirements. The cost will depend more on what treatment is needed and how long the treatment lasts. You can avoid being overcharged this way and work out which provider is asking too little.
Finding The Right Orthodontist
Find an Independent Orthodontist
An independent orthodontist will not be the most cost-effective but the added cost means added service. An independent ortho will be housed in the same office(s) and ready and knowledgeable about your treatment.
Also, an independent ortho office will have the most up-to-date equipment and tech like an iTero digital scanner. An ortho at a dental practice will have less equipment and time to treat you in a personal way.
Medical emergencies can be dealt with quicker with an independent ortho. The last thing to know about what orthodontist to choose is the fact that a general ortho may not stay at the same office for long and leave you needing a new expert mid-treatment. Seeing a second doctor covers all the worry-able issues.
Are Orthodontists Offended When You Get a Second Opinion?
A good doctor in any field should be able to handle the patient covering all the bases. If they are offended then that shows a lack of professionalism and you should think twice about using them.
Will Insurance Cover a Second Opinion?
Contact your insurance provider for more details. You may find that Invisalign is considered aesthetic and unessential thus not payable. Check your health savings account or flexible spending account.
Eligibility is another factor. Check what you are entitled to before agreeing to treatment.
Other Bonuses to Get a Second Opinion
You can compare prices. Price is important in any industry, oral health is no exemption. The cost can differ but always keep an eye on what you get in the cost. You may find a cheaper quote but that quote doesn’t cover the cost of a retainer. That will come at the end and be a nasty surprise.
Always find out about what is included. Things like retainers are very important. Also, replacements for aligners or wires/brackets need to be discussed. Any aftercare and medical emergency costs are well worth investigating.
Should I get a second opinion for Invisalign?
If you or your child are bent on getting Invisalign treatment then your second opinion should include what level the expert is within the Invisalign grading system. Things like Platinum and Stars are key to how much experience the ortho has with Invisalign. This will indicate how successful the treatment will be and how confident you will be throughout the course.
What is the condition of the office? A second opinion will help you see the different offices and how the office operates. A clean or dirty reception room will tell you much about the rest of the operation.
The reviews are important too. Use search engines to ascertain the general overview of the orthodontist’s quality of work or results. If you read a negative review then you’ll have the chance to straighten it out in the consultation.
Choosing the right orthodontist is important. The above is a rough guide on what to expect in real terms. You can get all the information on the above from Dr. Panucci at Beach Braces.
They have the experience and dedication to give you and your child the best possible service. If you have any further questions you can contact us TODAY.
Dr Patti Panucci attended the University of Louisville School of Dentistry for four years, where she graduated with a DMD degree (May 2000) among the Top 10 in her class. Following that, she headed west to Los Angeles to complete her three-year residency at one of the top-ranked orthodontic programs in the country – the University of Southern California.
Along with her certificate in orthodontics, Dr. Panucci earned a master’s degree in craniofacial biology. During those three years, she fell in love with Southern California beach life and decided that this was where her future lay.