What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist? Why should an orthodontic specialist be seen instead of a dentist?
An orthodontist is a dentist that has had additional years of full-time schooling and training in orthodontics, resulting in a nationally accepted specialty certificate. The orthodontist then limits their practice to correcting malocclusions and dentofacial orthopedics. Since orthodontic specialists have had extensive and specialized training, they are able to provide their patients with professional, personalized treatment.
In addition to a beautiful smile, what are some other benefits of orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontic treatment can improve function of the bite and teeth, improve ability to clean the teeth, prevent wear on the teeth, and increase the longevity of teeth over a lifetime.
SHOULD AN ORTHODONTIC EVALUATION ONLY BE SOUGHT IF RECOMMENDED BY A DENTIST?
No. Many of our patients are referred by their family dentist, yet many other patients take the initiative to schedule an examination themselves.
CAN ORTHODONTIC CORRECTION OCCUR WHILE A CHILD HAS BABY TEETH?
Yes. Some orthodontic concerns are significant enough to require early intervention.
ARE PATIENTS TRANSFERRING FROM OUT OF TOWN ACCEPTED?
Yes. We handle a patient transferring into our office from another city just like a new patient. We gather complete diagnostic records to show the current status and propose treatment to complete the work that has been started.
ARE RECYCLED BRACES USED?
CAN A PATIENT RETURN TO SCHOOL OR WORK THE DAY THEY RECEIVE BRACES?
Yes. There is no reason to miss school or work after an orthodontic appointment.
ARE SHOTS NEEDED FOR ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT?
No, shots are not necessary for orthodontic treatment.
CAN BRACES BE WORN EVEN THOUGH A PATIENT HAS CROWNS AND MISSING TEETH?
Yes. A tooth with a crown will move just like a tooth with a simple filling. When teeth are missing, orthodontic treatment will aid in the alignment of the remaining teeth, and prepare the teeth for future restoration.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO COMPLETE TREATMENT?
Treatment time depends on each patient’s specific orthodontic concerns. In general, treatment times range from 12 to 36 months, with the average time frame being 18 months.
CAN ALL APPOINTMENTS BE SCHEDULED IN THE AFTERNOON AND LATE IN THE DAY?
We recognize that people seeking orthodontic treatment have important obligations during the day, whether for work or school. We reserve the late afternoon appointments for the majority of short adjustments, and schedule most longer procedures in the morning or early afternoon.
CAN CHILDREN BE DROPPED OFF TO THE OFFICE FOR THEIR APPOINTMENT?
Yes. We understand busy schedules, and we are happy to help make the most of your time.