Orthodontics Blog

Choosing an Orthodontist


One day, you may want to find an orthodontist, either by choice or by suggestion by a dentist. In this blog, we will review ways to find and validate that choice, so that you or your loved one can get the best smile and service possible.
Dr. Ryan Caudill and Dr. Angela McNeight meet a lot of new patients by referral, and that is a great way for you to find your provider as well. Ask your trusted friends who have experience with local orthodontists for information on the good and bad. Chances are that you will find that a few orthodontists are on the good list. We recommend reading their reviews, looking over their website, and asking these 5 questions. 

1. Are they an orthodontist?

All dentists are licensed to place braces and Invisalign, but not all had extra schooling in that area. An orthodontist has completed an additional 2-3 year residency, along with completing a 4-year dental degree. Both Dr. Caudill and Dr. McNeight completed their extended orthodontic education.

2. Do Fees Include Retainers? Any Hidden Fees?

It is crucial to your peace of mind to ask for your exact fee details at the time of your initial consultation to determine if there are any hidden fees that may come towards the end of your treatment. Sometimes the patient is charged extra if treatment goes long, or find a charge for a retainer at the end of their treatment. There are no hidden fees at Caudill Orthodontics. We will go over all of the details of your payment plan with you at your consultation. One set of retainers is always included in our full treatment fee to maintain your investment in a new smile.

3. Who Puts In The Braces?

It's worth asking "who puts on the braces?" Your orthodontist should be the person who installs your traditional braces and handles any adjustments. This is definitely true in our office.

4. What Is Their Expertise With Invisalign?

If you intend to get Invisalign treatment, you should take extra care in learning about the orthodontist's experience. Caudill Orthodontics is the very first and ONLY orthodontist in Brevard County, Florida with the Invisalign® Top 1% and Invisalign® Teen provider designation! These designations are given by Invisalign after a certain level of experience and expertise is obtained and means we're in the top 1% of Invisalign® providers in the country. Dr. Ryan also lectures to other orthodontists across the country teaching them how to do Invisalign. 

5. How Are Emergencies Handled?

It is important to ask how orthodontic emergencies are handled. Will the orthodontist be available to take care of any situations that arise in a timely manner? In the case of Dr. Caudill and Dr. McNeight, the answer is yes. You will be able to make contact and receive the needed advice or treatment.
We hope that when seeking orthodontic treatment around Melbourne and Merritt Island, you will hear lots of good things about Caudill Orthodontics. 


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