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What is an Orthodontist

An orthodontist is a dentist who specializes in the treatment of crooked or malaligned teeth. Contrary to popular belief, this branch of dentistry is not merely about the cosmetic appearance of patient smiles, but also about their oral health. Patients who visit an orthodontist for treatment often find it easier to brush and floss their teeth. This significantly reduces the risk of developing tooth decay or periodontal disease. Some of the conditions orthodontists treat include:

  • Overbite
  • underbite
  • openbiteĀ 
  • crossbite
  • Gaps and spacing between the teeth
  • crowded teeth

 

Did you know…

that orthodontists are dentists who have spent an additional 2 or 3 years in specialty training following dental school? Dentists perform a broad range of work, with occasional orthodontic treatments. Orthodontists, on the other hand, only see orthodontic patients. So even if your family dentist offers to straighten your teeth, keep in mind that only an orthodontist has the type of specialized training that ensures functional and aesthetic results.