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Is it possible to have my braces removes from different orthodontist?

7 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Koos
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 21 years experience
Sure: - sometimes there are situations where people move before treatment is completed, an orthodontist retires, etc. It is best to be evaluated and your case file forwarded to the new orthodontist so that they will have a full perspective of where you started and what your end goal was - this way if they suggest any refinements everyone will be on the same page.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Yes: But the second orthodontist will want to consult with the first orthodontist regarding treatment plan and objectives. Any outstanding balance to the first orthodontist will need to be satisfied, and there most likely be an addtional fee due the second orthodontist. There are so many variables, this needs to be worked out between the three parties.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Circumstances?: Many orthodontists will not remove braces from a patient that never completed orthodontics with another dentist. You did not mention why this would be necessary. The only way to know is to inquire with the new orthodontist. I could understand circumstances that if i were the new orthodontist, i would or would not be willing to do that.
Dr. Hilary Baskin
Orthodontics 28 years experience
Yes: But if you can continue treatment with the same provider, that would be recommended.
Dr. David Ostreicher
Specializes in Orthodontics
Yes: Your healthcare is your choice. You can switch healthcare providers at any time for any reason.
Dr. Anthony D'Amico
Dentistry 54 years experience
But if you are doing this because you are avoiding payment to the first orthodontist-well, that is not nice.
Sep 9, 2013
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 51 years experience
Yes: There are certain circumstances where an orthodontist will remove braces that he /she has not placed. However, the orthodontist will normally first consult with the original practitioner for the case background and rationale for removing the appliances.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Not wise: The best choice is continuity of Rx, finishing Rx with the original practitioner, or to have that Orthodontist remove your appliances. Second choice is to have your Rx completed or appliances removed in a new office. The new Orthodontist will want to communicate with the original office to assure propriety of transfer. Expect to sign a waiver that discusses problems of early termination of Rx.

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