Sunday, September 16, 2012

Doing Your Research?

Sometimes, when choosing a new care provider—like an orthodontist—it helps to have a different take on the practice you are considering. Sure, you investigate the recommendations of your general dentist. You evaluate the training of the professionals who might treat you. And, of course, if you know a patient, you are wise to ask some probing questions.

But what if you don’t know anyone to ask? What if —for the sake of today’s blog—you are interested in Smiles by Sutherland, but don’t know anyone to ask?

We’ve done some research lately that might help you see exactly what kind of people have chosen SBS for their orthodontic care. It’s a big crowd and chances are someone you know has come through our doors.

Take a look . . .

Did you know that our patients come from all over the area—not just Puyallup? People drive to our downtown Puyallup office from South Hill, Tacoma, Fife/Milton and Federal Way, Bonney Lake, Sumner, Orting, and Eatonville. We’ve even had patients finish their treatment by flying in from Florida and Alaska!

Apparently, many of our patients believe the trip is entirely worth the effort.

All in all, this year more than 36 area dentists have recommended SBS to their patients. Many of those, after careful deliberation, chose to drive past other, more local orthodontists in order to visit our office. We are honored by their commitment and trust. We know it’s a sacrifice to come so far.

But what kind of patients find their way to our office? It turns out that about one third are elementary aged students, between five and twelve. However, the largest portion—nearly half—of all our patients are teenagers between 13 and 18. It’s a great thing that we love kids, with nearly three-quarters of our patients still in school!

For the younger set, our waiting room has some Wii® consoles, video games, and books. But you won’t find yourself sitting around for long. Our appointments, check-ups and consultations usually fly along right on time.

Lately we’ve observed a growing number of adults beginning orthodontic treatment. In fact, about 20% of our patients are over 18. The development of Invisalign has made treatment more attractive to many adults. Years ago, these patients would have had to deal with appliances and wires—not ideal for working professionals.  Today, with shorter treatment times, and virtually invisible aligners, our patients get brand new smiles at every age!  We find that older adults become our most enthusiastic and excited patients.

If you'd like to hear that enthusiasm straight from our patients, check out these online reviews:

No matter who you are, chances are good that you’ll find someone just like you sitting in our waiting room. When you come in for one of our free consultations, you’ll discover that you fit right in. You’ll be welcomed and made comfortable in every possible way. So, why not you? Why not now? Why not today? Give us a call!

Dr. Ethan Larson,
With Bette Nordberg