Finding an orthodontic team that is right for you and your family can be a daunting task. After meeting with countless patients and answering thousands of questions over our 30 years of practice, we have come to understand that patients don’t always know where to start when it comes to choosing the best orthodontist for their situation – and that is totally normal! 

Orthodontic treatment is an investment, and just like with any big investment, you want to know what to look for in a provider. That’s why our team at Booth Orthodontics has put together a comprehensive list of questions to ask when choosing an orthodontist so that you can make an informed decision about your treatment plan and the team that will be there with you through it all. 

What is the orthodontist’s background experience? 

When searching for a professional service like orthodontics, you want to know that your treatment plan is being managed by a capable, experienced individual or team. It is important to know where the orthodontist went to school, how long they have been practicing, and how they keep up to date with the latest research in their field. 

A good place to look for this information is the orthodontist’s website. Do they have a section that highlights their training and education? Click here to learn a little more about Dr. Ryan’s qualifications. 

Is the doctor a trained orthodontist?

While this may seem like a given, it is important to make sure that the person in charge of straightening your smile has been specifically trained in the practice of orthodontics. In addition to advising on cavities and crowns, some dentists make recommendations on orthodontic treatment even if it isn’t their specialty. However, just like with any area of medicine, you want someone who is trained in the particulars of the service you are looking for.

Orthodontists and dentists go through much of the same training, but orthodontists spend a number of extra years digging into the specifics of oral adjustment. This means an orthodontist has studied: 

  • how to change the development of the dental alveolar complex and facial growth of younger patients
  • the growth and maturation of the teeth and jaw
  • biomechanical techniques to move teeth properly
  • numerous case studies
  • diagnostics

Before moving forward with a treatment plan, you need to know that your care will be overseen by someone who has had this extensive training and experience. 

Who benefits from braces?

It is a popular misconception that braces are only for teens, and many clients are unaware at what age they should start considering braces for their children before they speak with an orthodontist. Many people benefit from using braces and your orthodontist should not only be able to tell you the latest treatment methods for your age bracket and desired outcome, but they should also be able to tell you at what point in your smile success story you should begin.  

What are my treatment options?

Knowing which treatment options the orthodontist specializes in is an extremely important factor when it comes to making a decision about which practice you want to work with. Getting braces is a lengthy process that requires years of work in some cases. Because of the duration of the process, you should carefully consider the methods that would become available to you at the orthodontic office in question before you make a commitment to work with them.  

Booth Orthodontics offers a wide range of orthodontic treatment options, including: 

Metal Braces

As the traditional option, metal braces are often the first that come to mind when considering orthodontic treatment. These braces work by tightening the wire attached to a bracket glued to each tooth. With gentle, continuous pressure, your teeth are aligned over a period of 12-36 months, depending on the severity of your case, your mouth’s response to treatment, and your desired outcome.

Clear Braces

Clear braces work the same way as metal braces. The difference is that clear braces use white, ceramic brackets that blend in with the color of your teeth and provide a less noticeable appearance.


This removable treatment option uses a series of clear trays that adjust your teeth without the use of wires or brackets. Because they are clear, this option allows you to straighten your teeth with a look that is almost invisible. By wearing these trays for 22 hours per day for 9-15 months, you’ll see results in no time. 

What should I expect from treatment?

Orthodontic treatment is a unique process intended to match the needs of every individual, so if you want to get an idea of what you should expect from your time spent with braces, you should ask your orthodontic specialist several questions. For example, how long do they expect treatment to last? How often are follow-up visits? Who will be overseeing your care? 

The Booth team is dedicated to making you feel like one of the family. That is why we provide individualized care and attention to each and every patient that walks through our doors. 

Is the consultation free?

Moving forward with an orthodontic treatment plan is an exciting step toward a brighter smile – but it is also an important financial decision. A free consultation takes the pressure off of your decision and allows you to focus on the health of your smile and the facts of the practice without distraction. 

At Booth Orthodontics, we strive for a level of trust that feels like a family. That is why we offer a free consultation, so we can put our best foot forward by giving you the opportunity to ask questions without the pressure of commitment. 

What are my payment options?

Your smile is an investment, and you deserve to understand the financial commitment that comes with it. Be sure to ask questions about financing options, payment plans, and insurance policies before you move forward. 

Booth Orthodontics knows that orthodontic treatment can often feel like a burden on the family budget, but we want to make sure our patients feel comfortable in all aspects of treatment, and that includes finances. With a flexible payment plan and an interest-free financing option, you can rest assured that the Booth team will provide you with a great smile at an affordable rate.

Trust the Experience and Reliability of Booth Orthodontics

Our family-centric team of experienced orthodontists has served the southwest Chicago area for over 30 years. We are dedicated to providing our patients with personalized treatment that matches their needs and alleviates their concerns. We know smiles, and we can’t wait to see yours!

Reach out to us to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Booth to learn more about how we can help you today.