Recently on the blog, we reviewed what an orthodontic specialist does. From what your orthodontist does, let’s shift to what he or she doesn’t do. For instance, your orthodontist doesn’t do fillings or cleanings. He or she exclusively provides orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic treatment to help shape the jaws and teeth into dazzling smiles.
This begs the question, are orthodontists dentists? Yes, actually, they are. In fact, all orthodontists are dentists, but only 6% of dentists are orthodontists.
So, why should I choose a specialist for my child’s orthodontic care?
Some problems simply need a specialist’s care. When you’re pregnant, you go to an obstetrician. When you have stomach problems beyond what your general practitioner is qualified to handle, you visit your gastroenterologist.
Well, in the same way that pediatricians or obstetricians are medical specialists, orthodontists are dental specialists. When you choose an orthodontist, you are choosing a specialist with the broadest experience and training possible.
Unique treatment requirements and otherwise difficult bite problems are common, everyday scenarios for your orthodontist. In the interest of receiving the most efficient and effective orthodontic treatment possible, choose an orthodontic specialist.