What is an orthodontist?
This is a specific area of dentistry that specializes in diagnosing, preventing and treating dental and facial issues. Straightening of crooked teeth, and malocclusion (bad bite) are the more common issues.
In order to provide successful orthodontic treatment the provider must be very skilled at using different types of corrective applications.
They must be able to bring the teeth and jaw into proper alignment which requires an in depth understanding of how different corrective appliances work.
What’s the difference between an Orthodontist and a Dentist?
Many people ask what the main difference is between orthodontists and dentists.
After a dentist graduates from dental school they can further their education by specializing in a branch of dentistry such as orthodontics by taking a 2-3 year residency program.
They will learn specialized skills relating to tooth movement and balancing facial irregularities.
A dentist can call themselves an orthodontist or certified specialist only after completing this required advanced specialized education.