Orthodontic treatment involves the use of braces and other dental technologies to apply precise forces that result in desirable 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 depending on the quality of treatment, choosing an orthodontic specialist helps insure that you get the best results possible.
WHO IS AN ORTHODONTIST?
The title of orthodontist is reserved for only those specialists who have undergone two or more years of additional post-doctoral education from an accredited university. Only 6% of all general dentists pursue the rigorous additional training required to become an orthodontist. In addition to having completed this training, all SmileLife orthodontists are proud supporters and members of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO).
Since membership in the AAO requires a degree from an accredited orthodontic program, it’s an easy way to distinguish between dentists practicing orthodontics and those formally trained as orthodontists.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR OPTIONS
There are a lot of treatment options these days, from retainers to clear aligners to invisible, metal, ceramic and micro braces. They each have their uses. Orthodontists have the specialized knowledge to consider all possibilities, based on variables like your age, possible jaw imbalances, differences in the size of your teeth, and more. They know what to use and when to use it, and will work with you to make the best decision – for your best smile.