Most patients remain with the same orthodontist throughout the entirety of their treatment plan, but yes, switching orthodontists during braces or Invisalign is possible!
Switching to a new orthodontist can sound overwhelming! You’re already familiar with your orthodontist and your orthodontic team, and suddenly you’re changing things up and meeting a new orthodontist. We understand that this process can sound daunting.
We’ve treated many patients who transferred to us from another orthodontist. Some patients have called us asking, “what if I’m moving to South Florida and I already have braces?” We help these patients transfer to one of our convenient locations!
We’ve also treated patients who were not happy with their orthodontic treatment prior to starting treatment with us. We create personalized treatment plans for these patients and deliver exceptional results!
If you find yourself in a similar situation, know that we are here for you.
(Before transferring to a new orthodontist, it’s important to know that each orthodontist has a different technique for treating patients. If you were previously not happy with your orthodontic treatment, don’t fear that your new orthodontist will provide the same care.)
Here’s what you can do to ensure a smooth transfer mid-treatment:
- Inform your previous orthodontist to let me know that you are relocating to a new orthodontist. The sooner you let your orthodontist know, the smoother the transfer process will be. Allow some time for your previous orthodontic team to figure out finances. If you paid-in-full at the beginning of your treatment, the financial coordinator will have to accommodate your refund.
- Use your resources. To aid the orthodontic transfer process, the American Academy of Orthodontists (AAO) provides an orthodontic transfer form for patients currently undergoing treatment. An orthodontic transfer form serves to keep both your previous orthodontist and your new orthodontist on the same page. Both orthodontists need to know the status of your orthodontic treatment, any orthodontic appliances you may have, your financial information, your dental records, and any other important details.
- Research your new orthodontist. It’s important to know whether your new orthodontist offers the same type of braces or Invisalign® as your previous orthodontist. Do they offer the same appliances? Does your new orthodontist offer complimentary consultations? During your complimentary consultation with any of our orthodontists (Dr. Justin, Dr. Andrew, Dr. Ian, Dr. Daniela) you will be able to receive answers to any lingering questions you still have!
We are proud to be a family orthodontist here for your family! Our exceptional orthodontists are here to walk you through each step to ensure a smooth, seamless transition to our office.
Ready to begin your smile transformation? Take the first step today by requesting your free exam. We would love to meet you!