What is an Orthodontist,
and why do you need one?


What is an Orthodontist?

Orthodontics is a specialty within the discipline of Dentistry that focuses on the prevention of and correction of mis-aligned teeth and jaws.  Orthodontists also help patients by modifying the their facial growth to promote better function of and stability of the teeth and jaws.  In cases where patients have severely malpositioned teeth, only an Orthodontist is properly trained to help them achieve the form and function they desire.

Orthodontists is not just about cosmetics or esthetics although this is indeed a common goal for people who want to have a nicer, better proportioned smile.

Why you should be seeing an Orthodontist?

Many people make the mistake thinking that a Dentist can provide the same solution as an Orthodontist, but did you know that Orthodontists train on average an additional 3-4 years in the specialty of Orthodontics?  Orthodontic solutions are always better left to certified orthodontists who have received the highest level of training in this area of dentistry and are experts in the diagnosis and prevention of problems occurring in the proper alignment of your teeth.

In addition, Orthodontists have the education needed to prescribe a proper treatment plan which will provide you with the results you want!  It can be very confusing for patients who see general dental practices marketing solutions like Invisalign and Orthodontics, but it is important to understand that only an Orthodontist has received the proper training to effectively treat these kinds of issues.

Maloclussions: Time to See an Orthodontist

Some of the problems Orthodontists diagnose and fix  include overbites, occlusions, misaligned teeth and jaws, and overcrowded mouths. If these specific types of malocclusions are left un-checked they worsen over time and cause problems for the patient that can directly affect their overall health.  If you or anyone you know is experiencing anything resembling the images depicted below, they should be seen by an Orthodontist as soon as possible.