Posted on January 29, 2019
Look for an Orthodontist with Credentials
When it comes searching for orthodontic treatment, our orthodontic specialists stress the importance of choosing a professional with the correct education and credentials. Orthodontists are dentists who undergo an additional two to three years of education after dental school. They go through extensive training on jaw function, tooth movement, and how they work together to become experts in the field and gain the knowledge necessary to provide you with a straight, healthy smile.
Beyond the proper education, looking for an orthodontist who’s board certified and takes continuing education courses on a regular basis is recommended. Because the field is ever-changing, orthodontists must stay up-to-date on the latest industry treatments and advancements. Find a professional who fits these criteria to get a head start on your healthy smile.
Because earning a degree isn’t enough, our orthodontic specialists also suggest looking at experience when choosing a professional. An experienced orthodontist should be able to provide you with examples of their work. Before and after pictures are great tools to gauge the ability of an orthodontist. They should also be able to show you upfront what your teeth will look like after treatment. Orthodontic treatment is important and if you’re working with a professional who can’t provide you with these items, then we recommend looking at other options.
Orthodontic treatment affects the health of your whole mouth. If you choose an uneducated or inexperienced orthodontist, then you run the risk of receiving poor treatment. When orthodontic treatment is done incorrectly, it can lead to issues like receding gums, chipping or cracking of the teeth, or even worse, temporomandibular disorder (TMD). Contact our office for more information or to schedule a consultation.
The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other orthodontic-related topics, feel free to contact Today’s Orthodontics or call 734-454-9200.