Posted on: 4 December 2015
It is not rare for an orthodontist to share office space with a dentist. It could be that the two are business partners or that they are married and business partners. Regardless of how the two are in the same office together, it makes for good business. Here are three reasons why you may want to visit a dental office that has an in-house orthodontist and become their patient indefinitely.
1. You Can Get an Orthodontic Consult While Your Dentist Works on Your Teeth
You are there already in the chair, so it makes perfect sense to have the orthodontist pop in the room and take a look at your teeth. You can get an orthodontic consult while your dentist works on your teeth. Then the dentist can finish his or her work, and let scheduling know that you will be making a return appointment (if needed) with the in-house orthodontist.
2. Your Dentist Can Monitor the Overall Health and Hygiene of Your Teeth When You Have Braces
After you get braces or other orthodontic work, there is a lot that needs to be done to maintain the health of your gums and teeth, more so than without braces. That means you may have to visit your dentist more frequently for cleanings. Additionally, your dentist can monitor your overall oral health while problems with your teeth, bite and alignment are corrected. If your dentist notices a problem with your orthodontia, he or she simply calls your orthodontist over to point out potential or actual problems (e.g., a loose or missing bracket, a wire that has come unhinged during a dental cleaning, etc.).
3. In Lieu of Your Dentist, Your Orthodontist Can Take Over Appointments
Annual vacations or other life events can take a dentist out of the office for awhile. If you currently are a patient of a dental office that has an orthodontist in-house, the orthodontist could conceivably take over the scheduled appointments for the dentist, if the orthodontist has some open availability. What typically occurs in this situation is that any availability the orthodontist has is quickly filled up on a first come, first served basis, although dental and orthodontic emergencies frequently trump all other appointments. Still, it is good to know that there is the possibility that you could still see someone for your dental needs in the event that your dentist is out during your previously scheduled time.Share