While the answer may seem obvious, it’s an important question that many patients face when their dentist offers the option for an orthodontic treatment such as braces. As the patient, the choice is yours, but consider this; if you had an issue with your foot or ankle you would see a podiatrist, if you had problems with your skin you would see a dermatologist, or if you had heart complications you would consult a cardiologist. You would seek specialized professional care for the rest of your body, so why not seek a doctor who is completely specialized to identify, correct and protect your teeth and jaw?
Here are three reasons why you should choose an experienced orthodontist over a dentist for braces:
Training and education
All orthodontists are dentists, but only a few dentists become orthodontists. While both orthodontists and dentists graduate from general dentistry school, an orthodontist will receive nearly three years of additional training that is directly related to the treatment of the irregularities of your teeth alignment and jaw structure. Many dentists who offer orthodontic treatments have less than a weekend worth of training, which is mainly focused on the implementation of treatments such as Invisalign. As a licensed orthodontist, Dr. Bodine has the experience and specialized knowledge to create and implement a treatment that is unique to your smile. After extensive training during his 30-month residency, he earned his dental degree in growth and development and dentofacial orthopedics.
More than just bright and white teeth
Dental and orthodontic work go hand in hand. A dentist focuses on your oral health, performing check-ups, regular cleanings and x-rays and will usually refer their patients to see an orthodontist to identify and correct underbites, overbites, overcrowding, gaps in your teeth alignment, and jaw deformities. An orthodontist specializes in the alignment of your teeth and jaws and is trained with the latest technology to correct any of those problems.
Save money down the road
A dentist may offer competitive rates for orthodontic treatments, but they don’t have the experience or knowledge to provide a complete treatment plan the way a licensed orthodontist can. If you go to a dentist for an orthodontic procedure, you are risking complications in the future that may need to be fixed, costing more money in the long run. You wouldn’t take your car to a bicycle mechanic just to take advantage of a deal, so why do the same with your orthodontic needs.
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