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How Many Orthodontic Opinions Should I Get?

Dr. Mark Coreil, DDS

Dr. Mark Coreil, DDS

Dr. Mark Coreil, DDS is a Board Certified orthodontist. He is also an Associate Professor of Clinical Orthodontics at the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry.

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How Many Orthodontic Opinions Should I Get?

In most areas the initial orthodontic consultation is free making it even more enticing for parents and adults to spend time searching for the best orthodontic specialist. Orthodontic patients should get at least three different opinions from orthodontic specialists. Many dentists recommend one or two orthodontists when sending a patient out for opinions. We recommend getting at least three opinions so that you can understand the different treatment options that each office offers and identify which doctor and team best fits your needs.

Dentist Referrals

You do not need a dentist referral to complete an orthodontic consultation. Most dentists have a good working relationship with one or two orthodontic specialists in their area and this is important as good relationships often lead to excellent communication during orthodontic treatment. In reality, the overwhelming majority of orthodontic specialists have excellent communication with most dentists, so patients do not have to worry about communication being an issue amongst their dentist and orthodontist.

Recommendations from Friends and Family

Asking friends and family for recommendations can be helpful, but make sure the recommendation is strong such as “you have to go to this office because they are amazing!” If the person making the recommendation is not passionate about the option, it may not be a good fit for your needs.

Reviews and Testimonials

Before seeking an opinion, recommended or not, take the time to closely read Google reviews and make sure to analyze the details. Testimonials are critical when viewing the reviews so read closely if the reviewer is passionate about the office. A 5-Star Google Review along with a testimonial is a strong indicator of a wonderful office.

Schedule Your Orthodontic Consultation

Parents of potential orthodontic patients and adult orthodontic patients should get at least three different opinions from orthodontic specialists. During your complimentary consultation at Coreil Orthodontics, you will receive an x-ray, evaluation by Dr. Coreil, treatment plan and financial options.

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