For most people, achieving a healthy, beautiful smile is the reason for receiving orthodontic care. If you're self-conscious about your smile, correcting your concerns with braces will greatly improve the way you look and feel.
When your treatment is complete, you will have the smile you've always dreamed of and the confidence to show it off! We also want you to feel comfortable and confident throughout your entire orthodontic experience, and our practice is dedicated to making sure that you receive the quality care you deserve.
Orthodontist of Dentist: Whom Should You Choose?.
Although there are some similarities between orthodontists and dentists, there are a number of important differences that set them apart. All orthodontists and detists graduate from a dental school, but from there, orthodontists take a different path. They take on additional work and further their education to specialize in straightening teeth. Similarly, medical doctors who want to specialize in a number of fields, such as cardioloty or anesthesiology, will go on to do so after medical school. Therefore, orthodontist are essentially dentists with specialized, additional training.
After dental school, only the top students in the class are able to continue their education toward a specialty in orthodontics. Acceptance into an orthdontic residency program is exteremely competitive. Only the top 5% of dental school graduates are even considered for admission to an orthodontic residency. For some orthodontic residency programs, as little as fice out of the hundreds of doctors who apply are accepted.
Once accepted, orthodontists undergo an additional two to three years of full-time training concentrting on orthdontia including braces, bite problems, and straightening teeth. Many regular dentists do not have this supplementary training. A doctor may only call himself or herself a true "orthodontist" once he or she successfully completes a rigorous residency program.
How Orthodontic Treatment Works
Orthodontic appliances are made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. They may be removable or they may be brackets bonded to the teeth. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces slowly move teeth to the proper position.
Gone are the days when a metal band with a bracket was placed around each tooth. You can now choose clear or metal brackets and, in some cases, the color of your appliance. Wires are far less noticeable, and the latest materials are designed to move teeth faster with more comfort. Today, any age is a great age to wear braces!
Duration of Treatment
Treatment time varies and can last between one and three years, depending on several factors including age, treatment method, and how minor or severe your case is. A big factor in a successful treatment is you! The more involved and diligent you are, the more efficient your treatment will be. For children, receiving interceptive or early treatment can also help provide a quicker treatment time.
Before beginning your orthodontic care, your doctor will discuss all of your options and provide an estimate for how long your full treatment may take. Please contact our practice to schedule an appointment and learn more about orthodontics and the treatments we provide.