The Basics of Orthodontics
Orthodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on preventing, diagnosing and treating malocclusions, or issues with the size, positioning or alignment of the teeth or jaws. Orthodontists complete two to three more years of training after dental school in an orthodontic residency program where they learn to use appliances, including braces and Invisalign, to safely and effectively align the teeth, guide facial and jaw development, and create functional bites.
What Can Orthodontic Treatment Fix?
Orthodontics can address a range of dental and facial irregularities. Common problems include crowding, spacing, overbites, underbites, open bites and crossbites. The treatment plan we recommend will depend on the type of malocclusion you have and its severity. Thanks to advances in diagnostics and treatments, we’re often able to treat even more complex cases with braces or Invisalign that in the past would have required surgery.
The Importance of Orthodontic Treatment
Of course, having a healthy bite and straight teeth looks amazing. However, the importance is more than cosmetic. Orthodontic treatment can improve your oral health, which, in turn, has a positive impact on your overall health. However, since orthodontic treatment creates permanent changes in your teeth and facial structure, it’s important to see a certified specialist in orthodontics for treatment. They have the training to safely shift the teeth and jaws in a way that brings out the best in your smile.
100% of orthodontists are dentists but only about 6% of dentists are orthodontists.
There are an estimated 5,990 orthodontists in the U.S. and 120 orthodontists in the state of Virginia.
Approximately 33% of orthodontists are board certified.