Broken arms on the playground

Broken arms on the playground

Orthodontic Treatment: Things to Consider If You Move

by Charlotte Elliott

If you're in the middle of having your teeth braced and need to move, you may also need to leave your current orthodontist and find a new one who can continue your treatment closer to your new home. While this shouldn't pose any problems in the long-term, you can make this process easier with a little planning. What do you need to do before you choose a new orthodontist?

Think About Travel Distance

If you aren't moving too far away from your current home, you may want to consider sticking with your current orthodontist, especially if you are close to the end of your treatment plan. Bear in mind that you don't need to see your orthodontist all that often so you won't have too many long trips.

If you can make these trips in an hour or so, you may prefer to finish your treatment with the orthodontist who started it. If the distance you move makes this unfeasible, you'll need to find a new orthodontist in your new location.

Talk to Your Current Orthodontist

It's worth mentioning your move to your current orthodontist and discussing your treatment before you switch to a new specialist. This allows you to do the following:

  • Let your orthodontist know that your new orthodontist will be requesting your records to continue your treatment.
  • Talk to your orthodontist about your treatment plan, where you are and where you should go with your braces. It's useful for you to know this information so that you can check that your new orthodontist is on the same page as your old one.
  • Your orthodontist may also be able to recommend a specialist in your new location or make sure that you know exactly what kind of braces you have and what kind of orthodontist to look for.

Tip: If you're due to have your braces tweaked or to have a treatment session, it may be worth having this done before you move. This buys you time. If you need something done as soon as you move, there is more pressure to find a new orthodontist quickly.

Make Sure to Register With a New Dentist as Soon as Possible

If you move to a new area and don't have any recommendations for orthodontic treatment, you may find it useful to register with a dentist as soon as you can. Your new dentist can look at your braces and talk to you about the orthodontists they recommend for their own patients, making it easier for you to find the right specialist for your treatment.

While you may not need to find a new orthodontist urgently when you move, it's best to do this as soon as you can. It's one less thing to worry about and it will help you continue your treatment seamlessly.


About Me

Broken arms on the playground

My kid is a bit of a monkey, and no matter how many times I tell him to slow down and take care, he keeps climbing and leaping off things. That's why we are dealing with yet another broken arm from a crazy playground fall. We are becoming quite the experts on managing plaster casts and talking to orthopedists. This blog is all about how children have accidents on the playground, and it has some tips on how to manage common playground injuries like broken bones. I have advice from parents like me as well as from orthopedic staff who see lots of these injuries.