Firstly, you should know that all orthodontists are actually dentists, but only about six percent of dentists are orthodontists. They are dental specialists who are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Orthodontists also are very skilled in preventing future dental issues.
As you can imagine, it takes years of demanding study and discipline to become an orthodontist. After completing dental school, future orthodontists must complete 2 to 3 years of specialized medical training and experience in an orthodontic residency.
Have you been considering orthodontic treatment for yourself or a family member? If you’ve been wondering whether it’s the right time to make an appointment with an orthodontist, we can help!
If you have any questions about the alignment of your teeth, we recommend making an appointment with an orthodontist. Parents often seek consultation with an orthodontist if their child has noticeably crooked or crowded teeth. Malocclusions like underbites or overbites are also common reasons to seek orthodontic treatment.
When you hear the word “orthodontist,” do you automatically think about braces? While braces are central to the work of orthodontists, that is far from their only speciality.
Orthodontists, use many different techniques and treatment approaches to improve your smile – including Invisalign® clear aligners, orthodontic appliances and many different types of braces.
Orthodontists are also experts in determining the need for oral surgery. Some patients, especially if they are older, may require surgery to correct their smile. An important aspect of an orthodontist’s job is determining if this is required.
Perhaps your child has a tooth that is obstructing a new one. Your dentist wants to have that problem tooth pulled, but you’re not sure that’s what you want to do. An orthodontist may be able to correct the situation in a way that doesn’t require the removal of your child’s tooth.
Essentially, an orthodontist is an expert at finding ways to correct all types of tooth alignment and bite problems.
If you live in Port Clinton, Ohio, the West Harbor Dental team is here to help you determine whether orthodontic treatment and our practice are right for you. All you need to do is call us at (419) 734-2175 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation.
We look forward to meeting you!