The Top 5 Reasons Why People Avoid Seeing the Orthodontist
By: Dr. Rajia Sebbahi
Dr. Rajia Sebbahi became an orthodontist in Charles Town, WV and Martinsburg, WV, because it allows her to change lives by changing smiles. To put it in her own words, “I love how a smile brightens a person’s face.”

Dr. Sebbahi earned her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University before she went on to receive her D.M.D. from the prestigious Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She then completed a general practice residency at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine and a three-year orthodontic residency at West Virginia University School of Dentistry.

As an Assistant Professor at West Virginia University Dental School in the Department of Orthodontics, Dr. Sebbahi stays at the forefront of orthodontic technology. She practices only sound, evidence-based techniques and is certified to apply leading technology, including Incognito braces, Invisalign, and self-ligating braces. She is a member of American Association of Orthodontists, West Virginia Association of Orthodontists, and Southern Association of Orthodontists.
1

Patients are afraid it's going to hurt.

Pain is the number-one reason most people avoid going to the orthodontist. However, modern technology—and choosing the right orthodontist—can ensure that you or your child enjoys a pain-free orthodontic experience.
2

Patients are afraid it's going to cost too much..

Not only are most orthodontic procedures more affordable than ever, but insurance, payment plans and a variety of other financing options make this all but a moot point for most patients. Remember, orthodontists aren’t in this to get rich, they’re here to make sure your child’s teeth, smile, and jaw are aligned to make his or her life better—period!

We’re not going to let something like price get in the way of creating a better, safer, healthier smile for you or your child.
3

Patients are afraid it's going to take too long / miss too much school or work.

Regardless of the type of orthodontic procedure you or your child needs, time is of the essence. Modern technology and ease of access allows us to work around your work or your child’s school schedule with minimal absences. After initial visits, and barring the actual procedure itself, most visits and/or adjustments are routine and can take anywhere from fifteen to forty-five minutes.
4

Patients do not see the need to take action.

Eroding, crooked or unaligned smiles can take time to happen, but the time to act is now. Orthodontic irregularities don’t just heal on their own or disappear if you ignore them. Your or your child’s smile and overall dental health are too important to ignore out of questions of pain, convenience, or even price.
5

Patients have been treated in the past with an attitude of indifference.

Let’s face it, not all doctors are created equal. Every profession has its “bad apples,” and to say dentistry is the exception would be to write fiction instead of fact. There is no room for indifference when it comes to your or your child’s healthcare. Find an orthodontic specialist that offers not only state of the art technology but state of the art service as well. Orthodontic specialists know what it’s like to sit in the chair, and should provide every opportunity for patients, especially our younger patients, to feel comfortable, safe, and secure in our care.
"It has been very easy to get appointments quickly. The staff is very kind and very informative. The have made my son feel very comfortable. There are several payment options to make the cost a little easier. We visited a couple of orthodontists before deciding and we are so happy with our choice of RS Orthodontics."

- Kathy A.
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