Can my child see an orthodontist?

Yes, in fact children are recommended to see the orthodontist by age 7. While it may seem early, this age is recommended because it is usually the time their permanent teeth start to come in.

What type of schooling does an orthodontist require?

Orthodontists are dental school graduates who have completed college, dental school, and orthodontic school. Following orthodontic school, they are also required to complete two to three years of a residency program. Orthodontists are able to effectively treat a wide range of conditions, such as teeth that are too crowded or far apart, teeth that are misaligned or stick out, misaligned jaws, and much more for both adults and children.

What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?

While orthodontists and dentists both help you improve your smile, they do so in different ways. Dentists specialize in many different oral health issues, such as the teeth, gum, nerves, and jaw, while orthodontists specialize in straightening teeth, aligning jaws, and occlusion. Another important thing to note is that all orthodontists are dentists; however, not all dentists are licensed orthodontists. This is because orthodontists must go to college and dental school, and on top of that, they must go to orthodontics school and must go through two to three years of a residency program. Although dentists go to college, dental school, and must go through a residency program, additional schooling is not required like it is for orthodontists.

What types of treatments does an orthodontist offer?

There are many different types of treatments that our orthodontists offers (for children, teens, and adults), including but not limited to:

  • Traditional metal braces
  • Partial braces
  • Mini braces
  • Self-ligating braces
  • Ceramic braces
  • Invisalign
  • Palate expanders
  • Headgear
  • And other specialized dental treatments to improve the alignment of one’s teeth and bite

What do orthodontists treat?

Orthodontists treat a myriad of conditions, including: 

  • Misaligned teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Open bite
  • Cross bite
  • Overjet
  • Diastema
  • Impacted teeth

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