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October 21, 2014

Why See An Orthodontist?

Why See an Orthodontist?

It’s rather common for people to wonder why they should see an orthodontist instead of a regular dentist when they’re seeking orthodontic treatment. After all, dentists and orthodontists both deal with teeth and both are doctors. While many dentists do offer braces and other orthodontic treatment options like Invisalign, it’s always best to have your orthodontic treatment done by an orthodontist.

Unlike a dentist, an orthodontist continued his or her education for two or more years after graduating from dental school. This further education includes special training to address more serious dental problems such as issues concerning tooth and jaw alignment. There’s a reason that dentists are the most common referrers of orthodontic patients. These dentists understand that special treatment that only an orthodontist can provide is needed, which might include braces or other orthodontic appliances.

Orthodontists: Providing More Than Just a Pretty Smile

An orthodontist will create straight, beautiful smiles for his or her patients. Besides a great smile, an orthodontist is responsible for other aspects of oral health as well. There are many problems with the mouth that can usually be corrected or improved by seeing an orthodontist, including:

  • Sleep apnea – snoring and mouth breathing
  • Grinding or clenching of the teeth
  • Speech issues
  • Tooth decay and gum disease
  • Issues chewing food properly

Orthodontists are also experts in dental and facial development. Orthodontic professionals have been educated on how to master the physics of tooth movement as well as understanding the biology of facial development and guidance. This means that patients obtain better overall results with orthodontic treatment when an orthodontic specialist has provided it.

No two people have the same facial structure or teeth and jaw configuration, therefore orthodontics is never a one-size-fits-all solution. An orthodontist provides each of his or her patients with a very thorough oral examination. This evaluation involves taking specialized orthodontic records, which may include X-rays and 3D images. This attention to detail is done with the intention of determining the best possible treatment plan that will ensure an ideal outcome. For an orthodontic specialist, this outcome is straight teeth, a healthy bite and facial symmetry.

Visit your Local Seattle, WA Orthodontist! 

Although there are dentists providing orthodontic services in the area, it is best to schedule an appointment with an orthodontic specialist like our very own Dr. Peralta at Orthodontics of Burien. If you are searching for a beautiful smile and are in the Seattle area, contact us to schedule your complimentary first visit!