Every day, we are asked about characteristics to look for when choosing the right orthodontist. In today’s fast-paced environment, it is important not to overlook the value of location when choosing an orthodontist. Choosing a local orthodontist can provide the following advantages:
- Save Time and Money: depending on the type of braces used and skill level of the doctor, patients will need to visit their orthodontist every 4-12 weeks for up to 24 months while in treatment. Choosing an office close to your work or home can save hours of commute time and hundreds of dollars spent on gas and car wear and tear.
- Trust that Your Orthodontist is Reputable: choosing an orthodontist to trust with your smile can be a daunting process. Online reviews, recommendations from friends, and obtaining a referral from your trusted dentist are all great ways to vet your prospective orthodontist. Orthodontists local to your community are likely to have their reputations established among community members who can provide a wealth of information about their experience. Choosing an orthodontist without a good reputation in your community is inherently riskier than one whom your friends and family have personally vetted through experience.
- Contribute to Your Community’s Well Being: Many orthodontists are small business owners and residents of the communities they serve. When you choose to patronize a local small business, you’re putting dollars back into the community where you live. Local orthodontists often hire local employees, which builds the economy through providing necessary jobs and discretionary income that is channeled back into the local economy. Not to mention the taxes that local businesses generate that contribute directly to local infrastructure and programs designed to grow the community in a positive way.