Back to Top

Why Choose an Orthodontist

Orthodontic treatment involves the use of braces and other specialized dental technologies and appliances to apply precise forces that result in desirable repositioning of the teeth. These changes improve not only the look of your smile, but the health and longevity of your teeth.

Some general dentists take continuing-education seminars in order to offer orthodontic services as a sideline to their primary services. Only your dentist knows what he or she is qualified to do well, however, with so much depending on the quality of treatment, choosing an orthodontic specialist helps insure that you get the best results possible here is why:

  1. Orthodontist only work on orthodontic patients every single day. This means they see all types of cases every single day and have been specifically trained to handle even the most difficult of cases.
  2. Orthodontists represent less than 6% of all dentists that finish dental school and pursue an additional 2 to 3 years of specialized orthodontic education at an accredited orthodontic university. Deciding to become an orthodontist is extremely competitive. Most orthodontic programs only accept 10 or fewer applications out of more than 300 highly qualified applicant at each school.
  3. Look at it this way, you might initially go to your general physician for chest pains but you most likely would go to a cardiologist if you need heart surgery. An average size orthodontist sees 30-50 orthodontic patients every single day. A high volume dentist doing orthodontics on the side might see 3-5 orthodontic patients per day.