In much the same way that doctors choose to specialize in particular areas such as cardiology and neurology, dentists can also choose to specialize in specific areas as well. As a dental specialty, orthodontics is concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities, including malocclusions (bad bites). Despite the fact that many orthodontic practices specialize in dentofacial orthopedics and general orthodontics, they are capable of treating patients of any age successfully.
It is important to remember that orthodontists are fully qualified dentists who complete a further three years of supervised study at a university, in addition to gaining extensive clinical experience in an orthodontic residency program.
Orthodontists specialize in the correction of misalignments of teeth and jaws. Misalignment can result in a wide range of problems, such as speech difficulties, difficulty chewing, and difficulty maintaining adequate oral hygiene.
An orthodontist can successfully treat the following issues:
In the first instance, the orthodontist will conduct a thorough examination of the jaw and teeth. Prior to making treatment recommendations, panoramic x-rays and study models (bite impressions) will be taken. Depending on the patient’s specific condition, the orthodontist will recommend the most appropriate treatment plan.
Listed below are some of the orthodontic treatments that may be used by an orthodontist:
Our office is happy to answer any questions you may have regarding orthodontists and the treatments they provide.
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