Orthodontics

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What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental irregularities. Tooth movement is accomplished by light pressure exerted on the teeth. The pressure is applied by a variety of orthodontic appliances. These appliances have progressed by use of space aged research to apply gentile forces over the course of treatment. These are not "my fathers braces", braces now come in clear or metal. They no longer need "bands" to go completely around the teeth. Many of your friends have braces or have completed treatment, look at the difference it has made.

What is an Orthodontist?
All orthodontists are dentists, but only about 6 percent of dentists are orthodontists. An orthodontist is a specialist in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Orthodontists must first attend college, and then complete a four-year dental graduate program at a university dental school or other institution accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (ADA). They must then successfully complete an additional two- to three-year residency program of advanced education in orthodontics. This residency program must also be accredited by the ADA. Through this training, the orthodontist learns the skills required to manage tooth movement (orthodontics) and guide facial development (dentofacial orthopedics).
Only dentists who have successfully completed this advanced specialty education may call themselves orthodontists.

When Should You See An Orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child, first visit an Orthodontist by age 7- or earlier if an orthodontic problem is detected by parents, family dentist or physician. Each problem determines its own best starting time. Length of treatment varies according to the problem. Early intervention frequently makes the completion of treatment at a later age easier and less time consuming. Our office is concerned with having the patient get the most for the investment made. In order to reduce the total time in appliances, starting times must be coordinated with the eruption of teeth. Adults have no time constraints as to treatment.

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