It is important that your orthodontic problems be diagnosed and treated properly. Although most people believe that orthodontics is just about straightening their front teeth, what they don’t realize is that it also involves improving how the teeth fit together and the impact their position has on facial structures. Therefore, it is important to select an orthodontic provider that is trained in the field of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopaedics.
Of course, there are a couple of choices when choosing a provider for your orthodontic treatment. Naturally, most patients select their general dentist. Dentists treat teeth so why not straighten them too? However, general dentists do not have the same training as orthodontists and thus are limited in the scope of orthodontic treatment that they are able to provide their patients. Thus, most dentists tend to treat simple cases using braces, although determining which cases are simple or not so simple is sometimes not that obvious without the proper training.
Another choice is an orthodontist. In addition to completing dental school, orthodontists have completed an additional three years of full-time training at an accredited University. During this time, they are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of many different kinds of orthodontic problems. Orthodontists limit their practices to orthodontics to focus on correcting misaligned teeth and jaw problems. Because of their focused specialty, orthodontists can provide you with more comprehensive treatment options. Many orthodontists are also certified Invisalign providers and can help you decide between braces or Invisalign, regardless of how challenging the case may be.
Orthodontic treatment is a one to two year commitment so consider your options and choose an orthodontic provider that will meet your expectations.