It’s easy to do so many things these days with the click of a button. Order shoes! Get a ride across town. Watch your favorite blockbuster movie! It seems like every day there’s a newer and easier way to do almost everything. We’ve been programmed to accept that anything can be ordered online and delivered right to our front door. However, at Woodfin Cabassa Orthodontics there is one thing that we believe has no easy replacement: orthodontic treatment. There is no match for a trained, experienced professional when it comes to your oral health, in addition to our Certified Orthodontic Assistants who all have over 12 years of experience.
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) agrees. They recently issued a Consumer Alert listing key questions to ask about direct-to-consumer orthodontic companies. You can download a print-friendly version here.
The issue is that many direct-to-consumer orthodontic companies don’t involve the in-person evaluation and/or in-person supervision of your treatment that we provide at Woodfin Cabassa Orthodontics. In-person supervision and expertise is important because there is more to creating a healthy, beautiful smile than moving the visible portions of your teeth. If not done correctly any dental work can lead to potentially irreversible and expensive damage such as tooth and gum loss, changed bites, and other issues.
The Top 10 Questions To Ask
The AAO advises that when researching orthodontic treatment (including treatment models from direct-to-consumer companies), you should consider many key questions, some of which include:
- As part of your treatment, are comprehensive diagnostic records like x-rays taken before your treatment?
- As part of your treatment fee, do you receive any in-person visits to a dentist’s or orthodontist’s office during your treatment?
- Is only one treatment type offered (such as invisible aligners or a certain appliance)?
- If a dentist or orthodontist is involved with your treatment, do you know the name of the dentist or orthodontist who will be specifically involved with your case (for example, is it available on the company’s website or elsewhere)?
- What are the possible risks (financial, health, etc.) associated with your orthodontic treatment?
- Who is responsible for detecting any issues that may occur during your orthodontic treatment? Is it you? If it is a doctor not associated with your treatment, who pays for those check-ups?
- If a doctor is involved with your orthodontic treatment, how can you contact him or her over the course of your treatment? How can you contact him or her if an emergency arises?
- If an emergency arises, does the company have a dentist or orthodontist in your area that you can see in-person? If not, who would cover the costs associated with seeing a dentist or orthodontist in your area?
- If you are injured or have another dispute involving your orthodontic treatment, how is it handled (litigation, arbitration, etc.) and what rights do you have?
- Does the treatment model comply with the dental laws in your state? To check your state’s dental laws, click https://www.aaoinfo.org/state-laws-and-regulations. Information for your state dental board can be found at https://www.aaoinfo.org/aao/state-dental-board-info.
Where You Receive Your Health Care Is A Very Important Personal Decision
Remember that orthodontic treatment is not a product or device – it is a professional, medical service.
Learn more about Dr. Greg Woodfin
“I have been a practicing orthodontist for more than 25 years. During that time, I have had the opportunity to work with many patients, creating with them smiles that not only improve their appearance, but also enhance their self-confidence and self-esteem. Each patients’ unique orthodontic needs, and their individual personalities, make my professional life rewarding and fulfilling. One of the primary reasons I chose to become an orthodontist is because it is an area of dental care that patients seek out: not just because of necessity, but because they want to change their lives.
In addition to my formal degrees, I am also passionate about pursuing continuing education opportunities. These allow me to keep abreast of the latest orthodontic techniques, which results in my being able to provide the most up-to-date orthodontic processes and treatments for my patients.”
Dr. Woodfin’s Education
Columbus State University, Bachelor of Science, Biology
Medical College of Georgia, Doctorate of Dental Medicine
Emory School of Dentistry, Orthodontics
Learn more about Dr. Sal Cabassa
“I love my work as an orthodontist. My greatest joy comes from teaming with patients to create the perfect smile, one that will increase their self-esteem, boost their self-confidence, and transform their lives. I believe in delivering the best orthodontic care possible, and enjoy the one-on-one interaction I have with my patients. I like getting to know them as individuals with fascinating lives. We learn from each other, and that is incredibly rewarding.
I also am a staunch believer in continuing education, which allows me to stay on the cutting edge of treatment options in orthodontics. This means I am able to provide the most comprehensive orthodontic treatment options for my patients.”
Dr. Cabassa’s Education
University of Florida, Doctor of Dental Medicine, 1990
University of Florida, Master of Science, Orthodontic Specialization, 1995
Before making any decision about orthodontic treatment, consider doing some research and having a complimentary in-person consultation at Woodfin Cabassa Orthodontics. We recognize that all our patients are unique and deserve to receive orthodontic care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding orthodontic experience every time you visit our practice.
We’re happy to answer all questions and we’ll make sure you or your child receives the right treatment plan for them. Contact us today for a complimentary consultation! Visit us online at www.gulfcoastbraces.com, or call us at any of our local offices:
Pensacola: (850) 477-2180
Gulf Breeze: (850) 934-2828
Perdido: (850) 477-2180