When you’re getting orthodontic treatment, you can choose to work with a dentist that also does orthodontics, or someone who works solely on orthodontics. Ideally, you should always choose the latter. There are countless advantages to working with an orthodontics specialist.
Dentists have advanced education, but it’s not in orthodontics. They have to complete college and then go to dental school, and during that time, they learn all about teeth, decay, gum disease, and other general dentistry topics. Then, they may get even more education to become a periodontist (specialist in gum diseases), an endodontist (specialist in root canals and similar procedures), or another type of specialist.
In order to perform orthodontic care, general dentists have to attend workshops and seminars. For instance, they can attend classes on Invisalign and then offer that treatment. Unfortunately, those short classes don’t stack up the years of training that orthodontists get.
Like dentists, orthodontists also go to college and dental school, but then they attend an additional two or three years of training during which they learn about all other orthodontics. In some cases, you can get orthodontics from a general dentist, but for the health and safety of your mouth, you should go to an orthodontist.
Beyond training, when you see an orthodontist, you get to work with a professional who has extensive experience in this area. Orthodontists work on correcting crooked teeth, all day every day. Regardless of your unique situation, they have likely encountered it before.
Whether you have an overbite, an underbite, a crossbite, or some other issue, they can swiftly identify the best path forward. They also know when you have to extract teeth to make room for other teeth, and they understand when it’s best to opt for removable aligners, retainers, or other alternatives to braces.
All that training and experience works together to help eliminate the risk of errors. When you work with someone who doesn’t have adequate training or experience, they may make the wrong decisions. When you work with an orthodontist, you don’t have to worry about that risk.
In every industry, there are a variety of tools you can use to get the job done, and those tools exist on a range of different levels. For instance, if you’re a graphic designer, you may be able to work on a basic laptop, but to really produce quality work, you may need a more expensive piece of equipment.
Orthodontics is similar, and when you work with a specialist, you can rest assured that they have the equipment you need to get the best possible results. An orthodontist sees so many patients that it helps to defray the cost of the equipment.
At Braces Braces, we are a member of the American Association of Orthodontists. We have extensive experience, education, and the equipment you need. Give us a call or fill out our online contact form to request an appointment at one of our Atlanta area locations.