Orthodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of dental malformations and tooth positioning, as well as jaw abnormalities. Orthodontic treatment not only serves to aesthetically restore teeth, but also to improve the patient's overall oral health for the rest of his life and can even help with speech problems. A properly aligned smile makes it easier to eat, smile and talk!
What is the difference between a Dentist and an Orthodontist?
The orthodontist is a dentist who chooses to specialize in aligning teeth, attending an additional three years of postgraduate training beyond the dental school, at a university with an orthodontic specialization program. While some general dentists offer braces to patients, an orthodontist is the Specialist in identifying and treating tooth alignment.
How long does Orthodontic Treatment last?
The treatment usually lasts 6-30 months and depends on the age, the severity of the alignment issues and the method of treatment used.
What kind of problems are treated with orthodontics?
Some of the most common problems that can be corrected with orthodontic treatment are increased vertical projection, increased horizontal projection, prognathism, congestion problems and sparse dentition. For more information, see “Orthodontic Problems”
What is the first step?
Orthodontic problems, which often result from genetic factors but can be exacerbated by environmental factors such as finger sucking, must be diagnosed before treatment begins. Proper diagnosis includes taking photos, x-rays and dental impressions. These painless diagnostic procedures allow us to make informed decisions about which treatment is right for you.
We recognize that excellent results depend on maximizing the coordination of care between you and our practice. We are committed to providing the best possible services to achieve your orthodontic goals.