So you’re in active orthodontic treatment and you’re at the halfway mark to your beautiful new smile. You’ve gotten to know your orthodontist and your team, and suddenly you’re faced with the need to switch orthodontists before your braces or Invisalign® treatment is complete.
Is it possible to switch orthodontists, mid-treatment?
The answer is: yes, you can switch your orthodontist during treatment. Life happens! People move. Families relocate. Orthodontic transfers occur all the time.
We’ve treated many patients who transferred to us from another orthodontist. Some patients have called us asking, “what if I’m moving to Central Florida and I already have braces?” We help these patients transfer to one of our convenient locations in Bartow and Winter Haven!
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
How to Ensure a Smooth Orthodontic Transfer
Switching orthodontists mid-treatment can pose a minor challenge. Each orthodontist has a different technique for treating patients, so the approach your new orthodontist takes to your treatment may differ from the approach you’re familiar with.
Covering all of your bases, from informing your old orthodontist to preparing your new orthodontist, is critical to ensure a smooth transfer process during treatment.
• Inform your orthodontist: Let your orthodontist know as soon as you find out that you have to relocate to a new orthodontist. The sooner your orthodontist knows, the sooner he or she is able to prepare necessary information for your new orthodontist. If you paid-in-full for treatment, the financial coordinator may have to configure a plan to provide you with a refund. It’s important to allow your orthodontist enough time to prepare for your transfer.
• Use AAO resources: To make the transition easier, the AAO (American Academy of Orthodontists) offers a transfer form for patients in active treatment! This transfer form ensures that your previous orthodontist and new orthodontist are on the same page with the status of your treatment, including any appliances in use, financial information, records for transfer, and specifics of your current treatment plan.
• Conduct your own research: Be sure to research your new orthodontic practice to see the treatment options they offer. Do they provide the same types of braces or Invisalign® as your old orthodontist? The same appliances? Ask these questions at your initial consultation. And most importantly, does your new orthodontist accept transfer patients? If the practice doesn’t accept transfer patients, it’s time to find one that does!
Are you in need of a new orthodontist?
Are you or your family in need of a new orthodontist? We are proud to be a family orthodontist here for your family. Dr. Abramowitz and our exceptional orthodontic team are all here to walk you through each step of the transition process to ensure a smooth, seamless experience.
If you’re interested in getting started, you can request your free exam. Your first visit is no cost, no risk and no obligation, so you can get a feel for our patient experience before you commit. Let’s get started.