An orthodontist is a professional who deals with the straightening of teeth and alignment of jaws. Orthodontists are qualified dentists who undergo three more years of specialized education in orthodontics.
What does an orthodontist do?
An orthodontist helps improve your bite by adjusting your teeth using aligners, braces, special headgear and retainers.
General dentists can handle simple orthodontic issues but will refer you to an orthodontists for more sophisticated procedures.
Why do you need an orthodontist?
Many people have natural orthodontic problems which over time may prove to be just as big a health concern as they are an aesthetic issue. Crowded teeth, for instance, can be difficult to clean, putting you at risk of tooth decay. Extreme cases of overlapping teeth have also been shown to cause chewing and speech problems.
When should you see an orthodontist?
Children should be taken to see an orthodontist before they are seven even when it looks like they don’t need it. There may be underlying issues that can be best corrected now while the jaw is still developing.
Adult patients are usually not beyond the age of 50, though nowadays even patients in their 60s and 70s are eligible for most orthodontic procedures.
How to choose an orthodontist
For most people, dentists and orthodontists are two professionals impossible to tell apart.
One way to know if you’re dealing with an orthodontist is to ask them. You can also look at how they advertise; dentists are not allowed to call themselves orthodontists. Check if they’re a member of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), which is limited to only specialist orthodontists, or certified through the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO).
Buena Park has one such orthodontist in St Therese Family Dentistry. Call us at 714-994-6911 to make an appointment to see him for checkup and treatment.