Choosing an Orthodontist
The process of choosing an orthodontist for you or your family is undoubtedly an important process.
Your smile is a highly visible area of the body and one of the first things people notice about you.
So, choosing a highly skilled orthodontist is an important decision to make.
Because you are here on this site, you are well on your way to a wise decision.
Qualifications & Experience
Do your research to see if the professional you are considering has the educational background, training and experience you require in choosing the doctor for yourself or your child.
It is wise to ensure he or she is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists. This will allow you the assurance that they will remain up-to-date on the newest and most effective clinical procedures and treatments. In addition to graduating from a four-year dental school, orthodontists also complete a two- to three-year residency program in their field of expertise.
For picky parents who want the high-level care, choose a doctor Board Certified by the American Board of Orthodontics.
Both Dr Righellis and Dr Ikeda are board-certified. Most orthodontists are not.
Our doctors do not work alone.
They are surrounded and supported by a team of orthodontic professionals who will play a significant role in your treatment plan.
Our team is certified, qualified, and experienced.
Schedule a Consultation
Embarking on the journey towards a stunning and healthy smile is not a decision to make lightly.
Scheduling a consultation with Dr Righellis or Dr Ikeda will allow you to get a sense of our office, it’s atmosphere office, cleanliness, and your comfort level and ease in our office.
Your consultation will include a review of your medical history, your orthodontic needs and expected outcomes, treatment options, photographs and x-rays, and a treatment plan that will also cover the expected cost and length of your treatment.
Never be afraid to ask questions.
The more informed you are about your orthodontic options and dental health, the better decisions you will be able to make.
During your consultation, it’s a great idea to take a tour of the office to get a feel for the practice and to gain a sense of familiarity. The start of orthodontic treatment creates a relationship that can last a few years.
Therefore, it’s important to choose an orthodontist who not only provides you with exceptional care but one who also creates an environment that’s inviting and where you feel comfortable.
Our team will work very hard to ensure you are comfortable, supported, and cared for during each visit, phone discussion, and email communication.
They welcome discussions, including any feedback and questions you may have.
Previous Work and Patient Reviews
Review the doctor’s training, experience and teaching.
Cost and Finance
Orthodontic treatment is a significant financial investment.
The cost for orthodontic work will vary by doctor, region, the extent of the patient’s needs, and whether the treatment is for a child or adult. Every case is unique. So, it’s important to have a quote, which details all of the fees included for the duration of your treatment plan.
Ask about payment plans, finance options, and family discounts. Ensure these options are clearly detailed and all costs and fees are properly explained.
Schedule a Visit with Us Today
Call our Oakland, CA practice at 510-842-0060 and one of our amazing team members will assist you with scheduling a consultation! We can’t wait to meet you!