What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of tooth misalignments, jaw irregularities, and facial development. The actual name of the specialty is orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. Not just for aesthetic enhancement, orthodontics also serves to improve a patient’s overall oral health for a lifetime, and can even help with speech impediments. A properly aligned bite makes it easier to eat, smile and speak!
What is the Difference Between a Dentist and an Orthodontist?
All orthodontists are dentists. However, an orthodontist is a dentist who chooses to specialize in the alignment of teeth, attending an additional three years of training beyond dental school in a university with an accredited orthodontic residency program. Only 6% of dental school graduates go on to become orthodontists. Orthodontists dedicate their professional lives to creating healthy, beautiful smiles in children, teens and adults.