Changing orthodontists mid-treatment is seldom advised, but moving for a new job, marriage or going off to college may give you no other option. Someone still needs to take care of your teeth and orthodontic braces, and it is important that you take the time to find the right person to make your transition as smooth as possible.
As soon as you know that you'll be moving, you should inform your orthodontist. If you have a payment plan at the office, make sure that the balance is settled before you leave. It is also important that you request copies of all your dental records and x-rays or have them sent to the new orthodontist if you have already found one.
If you are unsure of how to find a new orthodontist, you should first ask your regular provider for recommendations. He or she may have former colleagues who live in the area where you are moving. You should also read online reviews about orthodontists who you are considering. Websites such as Yelp and Google Places allow current and former patients to write honest and thoughtful assessments of the services that they received.
It is important to note that not all orthodontists use the same brackets, and it's possible that you will need a completely new set of braces. Make sure you ask any orthodontist you are considering what types of brackets are used in his or her practice. If possible, try to arrange a phone meeting with your old and new orthodontist so that they can discuss your treatment plan and propose avenues for continuity.
If you are new to the area and are looking for a New York City orthodontist, contact Upper Eastside Orthodontists. Dr. Tanya Vaysman is available to meet with you and discuss your treatment options.