The fact of the matter is that your child may or may not need a specialist for his or her dental needs. The question within a question becomes, “How will you know if your child needs a specialist or not?”
Before we explore the additional question of whether or not your child needs to see a specialist, let’s be clear on what, exactly, an orthodontist is:
Orthodontists are dental specialists who have completed 2-3 years of additional education beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align teeth and jaws. This further training qualifies your orthodontist to identify, diagnose and more importantlytreat a broad spectrum of dental irregularities your family dentist may not, such as :
The nature of some of these issues, many of which present themselves in early to late childhood or adolescence, grow increasingly serious with lack of proper treatment. Having a specialist identify, diagnose and treat such ailments is the # 1 reason for seeing an orthodontist.