Moving or Relocating with Braces

3 Tips to Find a New Orthodontist

woman traveling with bracesSometimes it’s planned. Sometimes it happens unexpectedly. Sometimes you have to move to a new town or city during your orthodontic treatment. That means you have to find a new orthodontist who will help continue your course of care. Your ARCH orthodontist will be sad to see you go, but we want to help take some of the stress out of relocating your smile.

You’ll be happy to know that most of the “transfer” cases we’ve experienced continued on without any issues. If you’re anticipating a move away from or to the Greater Boston area, we hope you’ll take a moment to check out these top tips courtesy of your helpful ARCH Orthodontics team. An easy transition is a happy transition!

Tip #1 – Tell your orthodontist as soon as you know about the move.

Whether you’re starting treatment or your braces are about to come off, it’s important to let your orthodontist know that you’re moving. Sometimes they’ll want to schedule a final appointment to take photos or x-rays and discuss remaining financials. You can also ask your current orthodontist to complete a transfer form before you leave. This tells your new doctor about your treatment plan, recommendations, concerns, etc.

Tip #2 – Ask for a recommendation or find one online.

Depending on where you’re headed, your orthodontist may know someone who can take care of you. It doesn’t hurt to ask! If they’re unable to help, check out the American Association of Orthodontists web database. You can do your homework about orthodontists in your new town and learn about their experience.

Tip #3 – Make sure your new doctor uses the same orthodontic solutions.

If you’re changing orthodontists, it’s always a good idea to check their website or give them a call to find out what kind of care they offer. Try to choose an office that uses similar appliances and are comfortable with your level treatment. This will help ensure your smile stays healthy and your move goes smoothly.

Before making the switch to someone new, make sure you feel comfortable in their care. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and learn as much as you can about their office.

ARCH Orthodontics has nine locations in the Greater Boston area and we’re always welcoming new patients to our family. If you’ve recently made the move to our neighborhood, don’t be afraid to give us a call at the nearest office. We’re always happy to meet new people and answer all questions!