February 23rd, 2021
Dentists diagnose and treat oral conditions of teeth, gums, tongue, and mouth. They typically provide services such as promoting oral health and hygiene, filling cavities, tooth extraction, and restoring teeth with crowns, bridges, or veneers. Most standard dental issues, such as tooth pain, oral inflammation or infections, etc. can be resolved by a trip to the dentist.
Issues with jaw malocclusion, crowded teeth, or overly spaced teeth may all require the input of an orthodontist. An orthodontist is a specialist who has graduated from dental school and then was selected for and completed a three-year residency in the specialty of orthodontics. This specialized training uniquely qualifies the orthodontist to assess facial growth and development of the growing child or aging adult and to provide orthodontic treatment from interceptive to comprehensive. Orthodontic treatment is designed to improve appearance, occlusion, and oral health. Orthodontists do not perform restorative or cosmetic dental procedures (e.g., fillings, crowns, implants), but focus solely on correcting misaligned teeth and jaws. Orthodontists are dentists that specialize in tooth and jaw alignment. They typically provide services such as diagnosing and treating misaligned teeth and jaws (malocclusion), creating individual treatment plans that include fixed appliances (braces or InvisalignTM), and dental appliances such as palatal expanders or orthodontic headgear, as deemed necessary.
If you have a young child, please know that it is recommended that all children be assessed by an orthodontist at or around age 7 to see if interceptive treatment is needed. If you are an adult and suspect that you have teeth that need to be aligned, you may want to consider reaching out directly to an orthodontist for an evaluation.
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