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Doctor Just Didn't Care - Columbia, MD

Pro: teeth are straight con: they're small....

pro: teeth are straight
con: they're small. she didn't care about the end result, just my money. my gums are puffy like no other.

my teeth had gaps, and that's it. they were relatively straight, and my gums were NORMAL.

this woman rushes through my monthly checkups and she doesn't care about anything that i feel or about how i saw the results.

if i had a problem with something, she either says "well, that's how it is" or "why do you complain so much?"

i wish i actually did research and go to a more credible orthodontist.

honestly, if you wanna know what i liked about the whole thing, is that my teeth are straight. i absolutely HATE everything else, it was a living nightmare.

Dr Shahla Radfar

if you didn't get my drift in my comments, well here is why you should just totally avoid her: she is defensive. if there is a problem, she will blame it all on you. my gums are bleeding? "it's because you don't brush well" HA funny maybe it's because she was jabbing at my gums with her diamond drill. she doesn't care what you think. i saw my teeth had misaligned because she fitted my retainer wrong. i asked ALL my friends and they agree, my front tooth was misaligned by 1mm. what did she think? "i think it looks fine" I'M SORRY, WOMAN, just because she finds it fine, doesn't mean everyone else does. she honestly just doesn't care about anything except getting you to pay your monthly payments and then half-ass everything else.

1 out of 5 stars Overall rating
1 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
2 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
3 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
1 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
3 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
1 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
4 out of 5 stars Payment process
2 out of 5 stars Wait tmes
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Comments (4)

Honestly. I continually see blog after blog from adults who state they were clearly not given a heads-up on what to expect. This should be unacceptable to the orthodontic industry, and they should be putting in the extra effort to inform and train their fellow colleagues on how to work with adults and the necessity to explain everything to them clearly, including the potential for root rot, etc. (just signing a slip of paper is not enough!). My feeling: They think they can use the same bedside techniques on a 12 year old as they do a 44 year old. How ridiculous.
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Absolutely agree. I have a patronizing ortho whose practice is majority kids. He doesn't feel he needs to explain where we're headed and isn't interested in answering questions. I'm just supposed to flop in the chair and let him twiddle with them however he wants, and no accountability when unexpected surprises happen. This attitude wouldn't fly without a contract in place that binds me to him.
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If you are really not feeling comfortable with your ortho you should be able to switch. There will probably be extra expenses associated with switching, but if you are really unhappy it might be worth paying that so you feel comfortable with the care you receive.

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Thanks for sharing your experience in our cosmetic dentistry community. Are you planning on getting any corrective treatments (e.g. Invisalign, or braces again)?

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