You have finally decided to get the smile of your dreams, but who should you trust to carry out this treatment and give you the ideal result. We can help you to understand the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist to ensure you're making the best decisions for your smile.
Whether you're wondering, "What is an orthodontist?" or simply want to know more about the treatment options on offer to you, then read on to find out more about orthodontics.
Orthodontists are dental specialists who are University trained in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. They provide a wide range of treatment options to straighten crooked teeth, fix bad bites and align the jaws correctly.
While orthodontists are primarily known for straightening teeth, they can also assist with painful and misaligned bites, tooth movement caused by bad habits such as thumb sucking, and even some forms of sleep apnoea. If you're wondering what an orthodontist can do for your smile, you should make an appointment to have an assessment, no referral is necessary.
Orthodontists and dentists share many similarities – they work together to help you improve your overall oral health – but they actually work in very different ways. Dentists cover a broad range of oral health issues. An orthodontist, on the other hand, is a dental specialist who focuses on issues such as straightening teeth and correcting improper bite patterns.
In order for patients to make informed decisions regarding treatment, it's important to be aware of a few key differences between orthodontists and dentists:
Using their knowledge and expertise in facial irregularities and tooth movements, an orthodontist can help you to understand which of the available treatment options will be best for you or your child.
Between fixed and removable plates, metal braces, ceramic braces, lingual (invisible) braces and clear aligners, there are treatments to suit every need and lifestyle. It is best to make an appointment with your orthodontist prior to deciding on the treatment option you would like, because every case is different and may require a particular orthodontic treatment option.
You should have a orthodontic home by the age of 7. When it comes to orthodontic treatment including early interceptive treatment, braces and aligners, we recommend that patients see a specialist orthodontist.
Patients should continue to see their dentist for regular check-ups and cleaning throughout their orthodontic treatment as they play a very important role in maintaining good oral health during treatment.
Orthodontists and dentists will always work together to achieve optimal results for you and your children. Although a referral from a dentist is not required for you to be seen by an orthodontist, it is always a good idea to first see your family dentist for a check-up and then request a referral to a specialist orthodontist that they have a good working relationship with.
Orthodontists are experts in correcting misalignments of the teeth and jaw. There are many debilitating problems associated with misalignment, for example, speech defects, difficulties chewing and difficulty maintaining adequate oral hygiene.
Here is a brief overview of some of the most common issues an orthodontist can successfully treat:
Anteroposterior deviations – Common examples of anteroposterior deviations include underbite (the lower teeth are positioned further forward than upper teeth) and overbite (the upper teeth are positioned further forward than the lower teeth).Both of these deviations can cause difficulty articulating and chewing.
Overcrowding – Overcrowding is one of the most common problems orthodontists treat.On occasion, lack of jawbone space means adult teeth cannot erupt in alignment with existing teeth.The orthodontist is able to realign the teeth using a number of unobtrusive devices and treatments.
Aesthetic issues – In some cases, the shape of the whole face is negatively impacted by malocclusions or a bad bite. The orthodontist can restructure and realign the jaw, lips and teeth to create a beautiful, even smile.