How to Choose an Orthodontist for Braces in 2019

Young boy who just got his braces off seated next to father and orthodontic assistant

As someone shopping around for braces for yourself or your child, you may have noticed there are many orthodontists to choose from in the Denver area. Below, we’ve provided tips for vetting potential providers so that you can find an orthodontist that will be the right match for you.

In the greater Stapleton and Denver area, Dr. Robert Rudman and Dr. Jake Birg have been providing braces and Invisalign® for years. He is passionate about creating healthy, beautiful smiles. To learn more about us, please call Advanced Orthodontic Care at 303-331-0222.

First Step: Finding Information

The internet is a great place to start your search. Just about every professional today has a website. You’ll need to decide what area you are searching and how far you are willing to travel for the right orthodontist.

Click through the website to learn more about the practice, the doctor, the types of braces offered and any other information that interests you. Below, we discuss some of the characteristics to consider, which you can always call and ask about if you can’t locate the info online. Also, remember that you’ll be scheduling a consultation to learn more.

Education and Training

To be sure they have received requisite education and training, you should confirm the orthodontist possesses:

  • Either a D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree and
  • Additional years of training in an accredited orthodontic program

These basic qualifications show that the doctor did in fact obtain a degree in orthodontia. Although other dental specialists can provide orthodontic services, you’ll be choosing a doctor who has focused orthodontic training when you look for additional years of specialized study.

Dr. Rudman earned his D.D.S. and a Master of Science in Orthodontics from Marquette University School of Dentistry in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Young woman with metal braces posing for a photo outdoors

When choosing someone to realign your bite and straighten your teeth, don’t you want to choose someone who performs those services every day? When evaluating potential doctors, look at what their main services are. Do they offer braces as an auxiliary to their main services, which could be cosmetic or general dentistry, for instance? There’s nothing wrong with doing so, but you may wish to choose an orthodontist whose sole practice area is orthodontia. Doctors like Dr. Rudman place braces and evaluate bites every day. As a result, Dr. Rudman has extensive experience concentrated in this service.


On the orthodontist’s website or while meeting them for a consultation, look at before-and-after photos of current and past patients. Photos are a good way to verify that the orthodontist can achieve desirable results. It will also give you an idea of the range of bite problems the doctor can treat.

Reviews and Testimonials

What do their past patients have to say about their experience? Patient testimonials can tell you a great deal about patient satisfaction. Look for information about the quality of results, ease of scheduling, staff and doctor helpfulness and friendliness, and any other qualities that are important to you. Here are a few places you can look:

  • Google reviews
  • Yelp
  • Facebook
  • Healthgrades
  • Reviews on the orthodontist’s website

Dr. Rudman and our team are passionate about what we do. We want you to enjoy an attractive smile and outstanding patient care. Please see our patients’ reviews to hear what they have to say!

Learn More About Dr. Rudman

To learn more about Dr. Robert Rudman and to arrange a consultation at our state-of-the-art Cherry Creek office, please call us at 303-331-0222. Dr. Rudman founded our practice in 1999 and has been providing beautiful smiles to Front Range residents ever since. We look forward to discussing your goals for your teeth and bite.

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