Why an Orthodontist?

What makes an Orthodontist different from a General Dentist and when should you seek orthodontic treatment?

What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. The technical term for these problems is “malocclusion,” which means “bad bite.” The practice of orthodontics requires professional skill in the design, application and control of corrective appliances (braces) to bring teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment and achieve facial balance.

What is an Orthodontist?

An Orthodontist is a highly trained specialist who has not only graduated as a dentist but has returned to University for post-graduate training on a full time basis. Post-graduate training lasts a minimum of 36 consecutive months and quite often will last in excess of 36 months for those dedicated to extensive research projects.

Your orthodontist will work one on one with you and your dentist to provide you with the best treatment plan to suit your needs.

Why Choose an Orthodontist?

Orthodontists are the most highly trained specialist in the field of orthodontics. They are trained in a wide range of orthodontic techniques and are therefore in the best position to provide optimal care to treat orthodontic problems.

What is an orthodontist?
Is my General Dentist also an Orthodontist?

The short answer is NO. A General Dentist is NOT an Orthodontist. They are very different.

Dentist Orthodontist
4 years University
4 years Dental School
4 years University
4 years Dental School
3 years specialty training in specifically in Orthodontics
8 YEARS 11 YEARS

To be called an Orthodontist, you MUST complete a specialty orthodontic residency.