Questions to Ask When Choosing an Orthodontist

As you begin your orthodontic journey, it’s important to have the right information from the right person when you leave your first appointment. Your treatment process should be a collaborative effort between you and your orthodontist, so you want the right expert guiding you every step of the way. The right office for you will give you the confidence to move forward. To help you out, Pioneer Orthodontics has a list of questions you can ask to determine the right orthodontist for you.

Is the doctor a trained orthodontic specialist?

This may seem like an obvious place to begin, but it’s an important thing to remember when you’re searching for an orthodontist. Some general dentists provide orthodontic treatment, but this does not mean they specialize in it. These doctors may provide braces treatment and learn aligner therapy along with dental services such as cleanings, fillings, crowns, and dentures. An orthodontist specializes exclusively in providing orthodontic services. 

This is an important distinction to make. Think about it the way you would think about receiving specialized surgery. Would you want you or someone you love to receive surgery from a general physician, or a dedicated specialist who understands exactly what you need? The same goes for your orthodontic treatment. If you want guaranteed quality orthodontic care, you want a specialist. This means you want an orthodontist who has:

  • Been introduced to numerous case studies
  • Studied the growth and maturation of teeth and jaw
  • Developed diagnostic skills
  • Learned biomechanical techniques to properly move teeth
  • Studied how to change the development of the dental alveolar complex and facial growth of younger patients

Orthodontic residency programs are very competitive, accepting only the top students in any dental school graduating class. These orthodontic programs tend to last around two to three years in addition to full-time training that focuses on correcting orthodontic issues with braces and aligners. Most general dentists do not have this same level of in-depth orthodontic training and experience. Dentists are essential for fundamental oral health maintenance. However, for specialized orthodontic care, you want someone who knows the specifics of what you need. Pioneer Orthodontics knows this. Dr. Cserna has provided better smiles to patients for over thirty years, and our team of well-trained, eager orthodontic experts has the experience and skills to give you exceptional results. If you want a positive experience with the right personalized treatment, we’re here for you.


What treatment options does the orthodontist offer?

Each of our patients has their own specific goals, so it’s important to know that your orthodontist has the treatment you’re looking for. At Pioneer Orthodontics, we offer cutting-edge treatment options with advanced orthodontic technology so you can reach your smile goals. Our office has three different braces treatment options:

Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are the most widely-recognized type of fixed orthodontic appliance. While older versions are known for being painful and clunky, modern advancements have made metal braces lighter, smaller, and more comfortable. At our office, Dr. Cserna will collect photos and X-rays of your mouth to create a customized treatment plan for you based on the information we gather. This option uses a slide mechanism to hold the archwire, reducing the amount of pressure exerted on the teeth and allowing teeth to move more freely, quickly, and comfortably. 

Clear Braces

Also called “ceramic braces,” clear braces are similar to metal braces with a more discreet appearance. The brackets are made from a tooth-colored ceramic material that gives them an almost invisible appearance. This is a popular option for adults and older teens who are looking for a more subtle appearance compared to metal braces. Clear braces require more care, as they can break easily and are prone to staining depending on your eating and drinking habits. This can be combated with a rigorous oral hygiene routine. While clear braces can be pricier, Dr. Cserna will determine a treatment fee that fits your specific budget. Our office will do everything we can to accommodate you and your financial situation.


Don’t want to deal with brackets and wires? Invisalign could be a more desirable alternative for you. This treatment option comprises a series of invisible, removable acrylic trays that straighten your teeth by applying steady pressure on your teeth. You will need to wear them about twenty-two hours a day for them to be effective. However, you can remove them to eat, drink and clean your teeth.

How frequent are follow-up appointments with the orthodontist? 

Your follow-up schedule will vary depending on the orthodontic treatment plan you and our team decided is best for you. However, we typically schedule most patients’ adjustment appointments for about every four to eight weeks. Patients using Invisalign clear aligners may be seen slightly less frequently. Regardless of your treatment, regular appointments with us are important for your overall orthodontic process. When looking for the right orthodontist, it’s important to find someone who knows what you need and the most effective way to get it.

Our usual process will take anywhere from eight to thirty-six months to complete your treatment. You can begin seeing visible results as early as the first few months with most of our treatment plans. We know you’re busy, so just give us a heads up if you’re running late or need to reschedule. We value your time but don’t forget that your participation in the follow-up care is just as important. At our office, we want to work with you to make the most of your time, money, and treatment.

Get your perfect smile with Pioneer Orthodontics

Your smile is in a safe place with us. At Pioneer Orthodontics in Lincoln and York, we are committed to providing you with the best experience, treatment, and information. Our team looks forward to helping you achieve the beautiful, show-stopping smile you’ve always wanted, so start your smile journey with a complimentary consultation exam today!