Second (and sometimes even third and fourth) opinions have become almost the norm in orthodontics these days.
It certainly makes sense, given the number of orthodontic practices in the area and the different methods of treatment available. Plus, given the time and monetary investment involved, you certainly want to make sure you or your child is receiving the best possible care.
Probably the most important thing to understand is that there is no “right” or “wrong” treatment option. Certainly some treatment plans are very straightforward and most orthodontists would agree on one plan. But if the case involves significant crowding, growth issues, missing teeth, etc., then it is possible to receive a different opinion from every orthodontist you consult with. This can be very confusing and somewhat frustrating to parents, because (speaking as a parent myself), we all want to do what is “best” for our children. If you are planning on seeking more than one opinion, be sure that orthodontists can adequately explain the rationale for the plan they recommended in a clear, understandable manner. And if you shared what other opinions were given, be sure to ask that the current orthodontist explain why you should choose their plan over the other(s).
If you are seeking multiple opinions, it is advisable to do this BEFORE you start any treatment. Once a plan is in place, it is sometimes very difficult (and costly) to switch orthodontists. However, if you are uncomfortable with how your treatment is progressing or you know it is definitely not going as planned, sometimes a second opinion is well worth it.
We are seeing an increasing number of second opinions in our practice, and if you or someone you know is considering a second opinion for orthodontic care, we would welcome the opportunity to help them in their decision. Our philosophy at Commonwealth Orthodontics is to create healthy, long lasting smiles and bites in the most simple and efficient manner possible.
To schedule a second opinion consultation or simply learn more, you can contact me at (804) 739-6600 in Midlothian, at (804) 520-7292 in Colonial Heights or by submitting your contact info online.