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How to Find the Right Orthodontist in East Bradenton

Choosing the right orthodontist for you and your family isn’t an easy decision – especially if you’re not familiar with orthodontic treatment. How do you know which orthodontist is best for you and your family? What type of credentials or qualifications should you look for in an orthodontist?

We’re here to help! Here are 5 factors to consider when evaluating an orthodontist’s credibility:


How to Find a Good Orthodontist

1. Research local orthodontists near you.
The first step to finding an orthodontist is conducting a quick Google search. Type “orthodontist near me” into the search bar and see who turns up. (Of course if you’re located in Bradenton in the 34203 area, we encourage you to visit us at Blue Wave Orthodontics! Our team of local orthodontists provides luxury, personalized orthodontics at an affordable price.

If you’re not in the East Bradenton area, we also have three other conveniently located orthodontist offices in North Tampa, South Tampa, and Wesley Chapel. You can also ask trusted friends and family members if they have any orthodontist recommendations near you! Once you have a list of local orthodontists, the next step is to assess their credentials and experience.

2. Assess the orthodontist’s memberships, certifications and/or awards.
How long has the orthodontist been practicing? Have they won any awards or written any publications? Which professional memberships or affiliations are they a part of?

An orthodontist who participates in professional organizations, has had work published in dentistry and/or orthodontics, and who has years of experience to back their technique is a good, qualified orthodontist.

Dr. Cetta is a board-certified orthodontist and the co-inventor of an Invisalign attachment that is used worldwide! He is also an active member of a number of professional organizations, including the American Association of Orthodontists, the Southern Assoication of Orthodontists, and American Dental Association.

Dr. Guloy is also board certified by the American Board of Orthodontists! He is also an active member of a number of professional organizations, including the American Association of Orthodontists, the Florida Dental Assoication, and American Dental Association.

We provide the expert quality of care you deserve!

3. Does the orthodontist provide the treatment option you’re looking for?
You’ll want to ensure that the orthodontist you choose offers the type of treatment you prefer! You deserve a modern treatment option that helps you feel confident throughout your treatment experience.

We offer a number of modern treatment options, including traditional metal braces, clear braces, and Invisalign clear aligners. We also have LightForce 3D printed custom braces! You decide which treatment suits your style best.

4. Do they offer a complimentary consultation?
Visiting the orthodontist for a complimentary consultation can tell you everything you need to know about their quality of care.

It’s a good idea to choose an orthodontist who offers free exams; this means the orthodontist is confident in his or her skills and in the patient experience they provide. Offering complimentary exams also shows that the orthodontist wants you to make the best decision for your smile, not rush you into a payment plan!

Our new patient consultations are 100% complimentary, and they include a full exam, digital x-rays, diagnostic photos, and a consultation with one of our experienced orthodontists! We invite you to schedule your complimentary exam with us.

5. Do they offer Same Day Braces?
Once you decide to start orthodontic treatment, you shouldn’t have to wait any longer to get started. When you visit a Same Day Orthodontist, you can leave your very first appointment with braces on your teeth or your Invisalign scans taken!

Blue Wave is an experienced Same Day Orthodontist near you. You can have your orthodontic exam completed and get braces, or have digital impressions taken for your custom Invisalign aligners to be designed – all on your very first visit.


Find an AAO Orthodontist

If an orthodontist is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, this means they completed additional training programs in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics after dental school.

An orthodontist’s membership in the AAO membership also reassures you that the orthodontist is certified, because the AAO only admits qualified orthodontists. Both Dr. Cetta and Dr. Guloy are proud members of the AAO!


When to See an Orthodontist

According to the AAO, children should receive their first orthodontic screening by the age of 7. Before the baby teeth are shedding and the adult teeth are emerging, Dr. Cetta and Dr. Guloy can detect conditions that are soon to become problematic if left untreated.

At Blue Wave Orthodontics, we will never suggest orthodontic treatment if it isn’t necessary or beneficial to your quality of life. Our patients can rest assured that we’ll only suggest what we believe is best for your smile, based on your orthodontic condition, your lifestyle, your needs, and your smile goals.

Before you visit us for your complimentary exam, you can look out for the following signs that indicate a need for orthodontic treatment.

  • Crooked, crowded, or overlapping teeth
  • Jaw pain, clicking or popping when opening and closing the mouth
  • Top teeth overlap the bottom teeth, or bottom teeth overlap the top teeth
  • Pain in your jaw muscles when you wake up (due to clenching)
  • Lack of confidence in your smile

If you or your child is in need of orthodontic treatment, and you’re wondering how to find a great orthodontist in East Bradenton, Florida, we encourage you to reach out to us. We can treat the most complex cases!

Our experienced team is here to guide you every step of the way. Request your complimentary exam with us and we’ll take care of the rest.


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