Difference between Orthodontist and Dentists

Why you should choose an orthodontist.  Orthodontic treatment involves the use of braces and other dental technologies to apply precise forces that result in desired repositioning of the teeth.  These changes improve not only the look of your smile, but the health and longevity of your teeth.

Some general dentists take continuing-education seminars in order to offer orthodontic services as a sideline to their primary services.  Only your dentist knows what he or she is qualified to do well, however, with so much riding on the quality of treatment, choosing an orthodontic specialist ensures that you will get the best possible result.

You trust your heart to a cardiologist, your skin to a dermatologist, and your knees to an orthopedist.  Like these specialists who study their specialty areas after their general medical education, orthodontist devote additional years of study to orthodontics after they graduate form dental school.  And like other medical counterparts, orthodontists limit their practices to their specialty area.  Orthodontists have in-depth experience in orthodontic care.  They use this knowledge and skills to help you get the best result possible.

To get your bite right

Your bite is a complex biologic system.  Its components include up to 32 teeth, upper and lower jaws, gums, and facial muscles.  Your healthy bite is the orthodontist's goal.  The goal is met by making sure the separate elements are positioned for optimal performance.  You enjoy the ability to bite, chew, and speak well.

To solve the problem

You may see six crooked front teeth.  The orthodontist sees the cause of crooked teeth in three dimensions.  Orthodontists use their education, experience, and expertise to delve deep and 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.

To recommend the right treatment for you

There are a lot of 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 they recommend the right treatment option for you.  Orthodontists have knowledge of the full range of orthodontic appliance "tools".  They know what to use and when to use it because they work with these tools every day.

To address the big picture

Sure, you want a dazzling smile.  Your orthodontist wants that for you, too - and treatment results that last.  You deserve the best: a good bite and a health, beautiful smile.  Consult an AAO-member orthodontist for your life, your health, your happiness, and your smile.

Visiting the dentist during orthodontic treatment

We work directly with your dentist to keep them informed of your orthodontic treatment plan and progress thru out your treatment.  It is very important that you continue to visit your family dentist once every six months for teeth cleanings and routine dental checkups, even during your orthodontic treatment.  If extra dental care is needed, we will be happy to coordinate with your family dentist to make sure you receive the best possible care.

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