What is an Orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dentist who after graduating from dental school, has completed advanced education and clinical training in only orthodontics for 2-3 years at an accredited university. After graduating, orthodontists spend 100% of their time treating crooked teeth and jaws. They have extensive knowledge and experience in helping your jaws and teeth work in harmony.
Who should I pick to treat me or my child?
You trust your heart to a cardiologist, your skin to a dermatologist and your knees to an orthopedist. When only the best will do, trust an orthodontist with their in-depth training and experience to treat you or your family. Before letting someone else treat you, call their office and ask the following questions:
- What degrees or certificates do they have?
- What specialty training do they have in orthodontics and how long was this training?
- What sort of experience do they have and do they do other forms of treatment?
Get the bite right
Your bite is a complex biological system. Its components include up to 32 teeth, upper and lower jaws, gums and muscles to make it all work. Your healthy bite is the orthodontist’s goal by making sure the separate elements are positioned for optimal performance. You enjoy the ability to bite, chew and speak well.
Solving the bite problem
You may see six crooked front teeth. The orthodontist sees the cause of the crooked teeth in three dimensions. Orthodontists use their education, experience and expertise to delve deep to discover the root of your orthodontic problem. Armed with a diagnosis that takes all factors into account, orthodontists can plan your solution; one that delivers a healthy attractive smile and a lasting result.
The Right Treatment for you
There are many treatment options these days, from clear aligners to modern braces. They each have their uses, but only an orthodontist has the specialized knowledge to identify and plan for all the variables in your mouth. Orthodontists take your unique needs and wishes into consideration, too, when recommending the right treatment option for you. Orthodontists have knowledge of the full range of orthodontic appliances. They know what to use and when to use it because they work with these tools every day.
The big picture
Sure, you want a dazzling smile. Your orthodontist wants that for you too; along with treatment results that last. You deserve the best: a good bite and a healthy, beautiful smile. Consult an orthodontist for your life, your health, your happiness, your smile.