When it comes to fixing bite and dentofacial aesthetic problems, you will find many dentists in your neighborhood who offer orthodontic services. But not all of them are qualified or certified as orthodontists. While dentists focus on improving your overall oral health, orthodontists specialize in fixing bite-related problems and aligning teeth. They have gone through an additional 2-3 years of study and residency focused solely on orthodontics. Additionally, board-certified orthodontists, such as our own Dr. Hao, have reached the highest level of specialty through rigorous testing, peer review, and a commitment to lifelong supplementary education. Board-certified orthodontists can successfully handle even the most complicated orthodontic challenges and cases.
Let’s discuss four reasons you should choose an orthodontist over a general dentist to fix orthodontic problems.
- Orthodontists Are Specialists: Let the Specialists Handle It.
Look at it this way; if you have a skin problem, would you prefer going to a general practitioner or a skin specialist? After graduating from dental school, orthodontists undergo an additional two or three years of specialized orthodontic training before they are considered specialists in their fields. As a result, orthodontists have more knowledge and expertise in treating bite and tooth misalignment problems than general dentists do.
Meet out top Board Certified Orthodontist, Dr Jianjun Hao.
Dr. Hao got his education at the College of Dentistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is also a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthodontics, a prestigious title endowed to only a handful of orthodontists.
Before joining ABC Dental, he was a clinical assistant professor at the University of Connecticut Health Center. He is proud of being a board-certified orthodontist, putting him in the top 25% of all the orthodontists in the nation.
- Orthodontists Have Specialized Equipment
Board-certified orthodontists often have specialized diagnostic and imaging equipment in their offices that allow them to visualize the underlying problem and plan appropriate treatment. So, orthodontists can perform virtually all diagnostic tests in their own offices. But, on the other hand, if you go to a general dentist, you might end up going to another specialist practice or laboratory – and paying more to get the specialized x-ray images taken.
- Using an Orthodontist Can Help You Save Time and Money
Orthodontists focus on fixing bite problems and tooth misalignment. Their expertise enables them to fix the problem right the first time. While general dentists do routine hygiene, fill cavities, and look after a wide range of dental issues. Because of this, they may not have much experience in handling orthodontic cases. Hence, they are more likely to make costly mistakes. In addition, it is not uncommon for orthodontists to re-treat orthodontic problems that were either further complicated or poorly treated by general dentists. So, why waste your time and money? An orthodontist should be your first choice when you seek a solution to your bite problems.
- Orthodontists Have More Options in Their Tool Boxes
If you go to a general dentist, the chances are that he or she might only fix orthodontic problems using fixed braces. With advancements in dental technology, orthodontists now have multiple options under their belt to bite issues – from metal braces to ceramic braces and Invisalign aligners. Unfortunately, most general dentists are not trained to offer treatment with the newer orthodontic treatment options. Therefore, you should visit a specialist for your orthodontic treatment.
But how would you know if a dentist is an orthodontic specialist? It’s simple. You can ask the dentist for their qualification and experience. According to the American Board of Orthodontists, only those dentists who have undergone an additional two to three years of specialized training in Orthodontics in a recognized hospital are considered orthodontists.
Correctly aligned teeth are not only essential for having a pleasant smile but are equally essential for ensuring optimal physical health and well-being.
We offer free orthodontic consultations. Call us at 773-481-2200 today to schedule yours.