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Hollywood Dental Center

Ralph Rose, D.D.S.

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Top 10 Critical Things You Should Know
Before You Select a Orthodontic Dentist

Orthodontic work/Braces is an investment in the future of your smile. And, like any investment, you'll want to do a little research before making a final decision on braces. These guidelines can help you make a better decision.

  1. Investigate the doctor's training.

    The best braces dentists didn't just go to dental school; they also completed extensive post-graduate training programs that focus specifically on issues of orthodontics. In addition, the best dentists regularly attend continuing education classes to stay up-to-date on new procedures and materials.

  2. Start with a consultation.

    Going in for a consultation is a great way to learn more about a doctor and practice. Consultations are generally inexpensive, and are sometimes even offered for free. Talk to the dentist before you commit to anything. Remember, it's your job to make an educated decision.

  3. Communication is key.

    It's essential that you be able to talk to your dentist - and that your dentist will listen to you! There's a lot of dialogue that needs to go into an individual long-term treatment plan. If you feel bullied, pressured, or rushed, then that's probably not the right dentist for you.

  4. Remember, braces aren't just for kids anymore.

    More and more adults are having orthodontic work done every year. Some doctors specialize in child, teen or adult patients. Ask about the average age of the practice's clientele.

  5. Look at before and after photos.

    Take a look at the dentist's portfolio before you make up your mind. Pay specific attention to cases that are similar to yours. Make sure that the photos are of actual work done by the dentist, not just stock photos.

  6. An honest dentist sets realistic expectations.

    Watch out for doctors who promise more than they can deliver. You want a dentist who will tell you what can and cannot be done for your smile. You need to know how long the process will take, what you'll have to do, and any complications that could occur.

  7. Nothing compares to experience.

    Much like other people, dentists get better at things the more they do them. Ideally, your dentist will have lots of experience with orthodontics in general and with cases like yours specifically.

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"We know that selecting a orthodontic dentist is not easy. I want you to know that you can call me personally with any questions or concerns."

1703 Tulane Dr

Lufkin, Texas 75901

Appt Tel: (936) 632-4477


Located off the loop, Exit Tulane Dr. and go north on Tulane. We are located on the right hand side immediately after Office Depot.