For complete orthodontic care, an orthodontist should be a dental specialist who has extensive education in correcting misaligned teeth and jaws. The orthodontics specialty gives an orthodontist the expertise and experience to diagnose, prevent, and treat dental and facial irregularities. Orthodontic practices treat both children and adults for all types of malocclusions or improperly aligned teeth.
Your orthodontist should be a member of the AAO (American Association of Orthodontists) to ensure the best orthodontic care. This accreditation means that your orthodontist has completed an ADA (American Dental Association) post-doctoral orthodontic training program for at least two years.
Benefits of Orthodontics
They key to a healthy smile is the alignment of your teeth. Straight teeth and properly aligned jaws enable our patients to properly bite, chew, and speak. This reduces abnormal wear on the teeth and problem areas for cavities. Straight teeth can also alleviate pressure and pain caused by undue stress on the jaw or gums.
In addition to the obvious health benefits of orthodontics, straight teeth give orthodontic patients a beautiful smile and the confidence to show it off!