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Why an Orthodontist

To have the best and healthiest smile you can have.

Get it by relying on orthodontists’ expertise, which comes from their extensive education. After graduating from dental school, orthodontists go on for another two or more years of education just in orthodontics at an accredited orthodontic residency program. Only after this formal education can one be called an orthodontist. Only orthodontists are accepted for membership in the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). Selecting a member of the AAO for orthodontic care is the public's assurance that they are selecting an orthodontist.

Orthodontists are dedicated to helping your teeth and jaws work in union so that you can speak, bite and chew comfortably and effectively. There’s a bonus. Teeth and jaws that work well tend to look good, too.

To both feel good and look good.

With care from an orthodontist, you have an expert who has been educated to understand how your teeth, your jaws and your facial muscles all work together. A healthy mouth contributes to your overall good health. Your appearance gets a boost, too.

To get the specialized treatment you deserve.

You trust your heart to a cardiologist, your skin to a dermatologist, your knees to an orthopedist. Like these specialists who study their specialty areas after their general medical education, orthodontists devote additional years of study to orthodontics after they graduate from dental school. And like their medical counterparts, orthodontists limit their practices to their specialty area. Orthodontists have in-depth experience in orthodontic care. They use their knowledge and skills to help you get the best results possible.

To get your bite right.

Your bite is a complex biologic system. Its components include up to 32 teeth, upper and lower jaws, gums and facial muscles. Your healthy bite is the orthodontist’s goal. The goal is met by making sure the separate elements are positioned for optimal performance. You enjoy the ability to bite, chew and speak well.

To solve the problem.

You may see six crooked front teeth. The orthodontist sees the cause of crooked teeth in three dimensions. Orthodontists use their education, experience and expertise to delve deep to discover the root of your orthodontic problem. Armed with a diagnosis that takes all factors into account, orthodontists can plan your solution—one that delivers a healthy, attractive smile and a lasting result.

To recommend the right treatment for you.

There are a lot of treatment options these days, from clear aligners to modern braces. They each have their uses, but only an orthodontist has the specialized knowledge to identify and plan for all the variables in your mouth. Orthodontists take your unique needs and wishes into consideration, too, when recommending the right treatment option for you. Orthodontists have knowledge of the full range of orthodontic appliance “tools.” They know what to use and when to use it because they work with these tools every day.

To address the big picture.

Sure, you want a dazzling smile. Your orthodontist wants that for you, too—and treatment results that last. You deserve the best—a good bite and a healthy, beautiful smile. Consult an AAO-member orthodontist for your life, your health, your happiness, your smile.

Article provided by: American Association of Orthodontists

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The American Association of Orthodontists recommends all children get a check-up with an orthodontist no later than age 7. While your child’s teeth may appear to be straight, there may actually be a problem that needs to be evaluated by an orthodontist.

 An appointment should be scheduled if you recognize any problems such as; difficulty chewing, mouth breathing, speech difficulties, grinding or clenching of teeth, or thumb /finger sucking.

 Many parents assume they must wait until a child has all of their permanent teeth before visiting the orthodontist, only to find that treatment would have been much easier if started earlier. Some orthodontic problems are easier to correct before jaw growth has slowed. The latest research shows that in some cases, guiding jaw growth may decrease a patient’s need for more involved procedures later on.

 “An examination by an orthodontist no later than age seven may be a real advantage,” Dr. Palmer says. “Enough permanent teeth will be present for us to evaluate relationships developing between the teeth, jaws and face. If there seems to be any problems, we can discuss the appropriate time for that child to begin treatment.”

 The exam may simply result in a ‘let’s wait and see’ while the face and jaws continue to grow, resulting in checkups every 3, 6 or 12 months. An early exam can certainly ease a parent’s mind.

 With summer approaching thoughts go to vacations and fun, not orthodontic exams and braces. To avoid missing school or sports we encourage parents to take advantage of summer vacation to have children evaluated for braces. The end of summer tends to fill quickly, so the earlier in summer the better.

 If a child is developmentally ready for orthodontics, we would then schedule to take diagnostic records. Diagnostic records are to determine the best course of treatment and consist of 2 x-rays, photographs and models. Once we have records, a consultation appointment is scheduled to review a treatment plan, financial plans, and scheduling. This process could take between 4 and 6 weeks before braces are put on, that’s why it is so important to take advantage of summer vacation.

 Through an orthodontic evaluation, you’ll be giving your child the best opportunity for a healthy, beautiful smile!

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