Why Choose an Orthodontist?
Orthodontists are dental specialists who diagnose, prevent and treat dental and facial irregularities. They receive an additional three years of specialized university education beyond dental school, to learn the intricate complexities of the biological system that is your bite. The orthodontic student learns the skills required to manage tooth movement and guide facial development. Only 6 out of every 100 dentists are accepted into the orthodontic specialty program*.
With care from an orthodontist, you have an expert who has been educated to understand how your teeth, your jaws and your facial muscles all work together. Orthodontists have the knowledge and skill required to properly align teeth and jaws, so not only do they look good, but they make it possible to eat and speak effectively. Only those with this highly specialized, formal education may call themselves “orthodontists”. Only orthodontists may be members of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), the Canadian Association of Orthodontists (CAO), and the Ontario Association of Orthodontists (OAO).
Orthodontists are general dentists first. But once they complete their orthodontic specialty training, they are required, by law, to limit the scope of their work to orthodontics only **. They dedicate their professional lives to creating healthy, beautiful smiles in children, teens and adults. Aligning teeth and jaws is all they do…all day, every day.
Trust your smile to a specialist. Watch the video below to learn why you should only use an orthodontist for all your ‘alignment’ needs!
* American Association of Orthodontics
** Unless they have also completed specialty education in another dental specialty recognized by the American Dental Association.