What is Orthodontics?
This is a specific area of dentistry that specializes
in diagnosing, preventing and treating dental and facial
issues, the most common, "straightening of crooked
teeth". In layman's terms, the area of
dentistry that deals with a "bad bite" also
known in the dental profession as
What's the Difference Between and Orthodontist
Many people ask what the main difference is between
orthodontists and dentists. Less than 10% of
dentists can actually call themselves an orthodontist.
After a dentist graduates from dental school they can
further there education by specializing in a branch of
dentistry such as orthdontics by taking a 2 - 3 year
residency program taking advanced orthodontic courses
approved by the ADA American Dental Association .
They will learn specialized skills relating to tooth
movement and balancing facial irregularities. A
dentist can only call themselves an orthodontist after
completing this required advanced specialized education.
Can a Dentist Provide You With Orthodontic
Yes a dentist that does not have the specialized
designation of orthodontist can provide you with a wide
variety of orthodontic treatment. However, many
general dentists choose to refer complex and
challenging ortho patients to the specilized
orthodontists. This is not to say that a general
dentist cannot provide you with great results through
orthodontic care. As with any major decision make
sure you check the dentists credentials and experience.
What's the Quickest Way to Straighten Teeth?
The one drawback to orthodontic care, especially as an
adult, is the length of time it takes to complete
treatment. There are many new technologies today
that make wearing dental braces less visible. Some
treatment options can accelerate the time it takes to
correct your bad bite or crooked teeth. The
best way to determine a treatment option is to have a
consulation with a dentist that provides orthodontic care
or a specialized orthodontist.
What Are the Benefits of Straight Teeth Using
Orthodontics Vs. Some Other Method of Straigtening Teeth?
Straightening your teeth with traditional orthodontics
allows you to keep your natural teeth without having to
remove natural tooth structure. If your teeth are
healthy and just need to be aligned, orthodontics will
allow you to preserve your natural teeth. Wheras
another equally popular alternative to braces
"porcelain veneers" allows you to give the
appearance of perfectly straight teeth in as little as two
visits, however in most cases the dentist will have to
prepare your teeth to fit the veneers which means removing
There are so many different ways to straighten teeth
today thanks to improved technology and greater
competition. The dental consumer with crooked teeth
now has many choices. Lets face it, there aren't too many
adults or teens that want a set of metal braces over their
teeth for the world to notice. Invisible braces come
in many different forms. The term invisible is used
in so many different applications. For example,
orthodontic appliances / aligners from companies like
Invisalign and Orthoclear are made of clear plastic and
are removable, however it would be more appropriate to say
"nearly invisible". They are a great
option for adults and teens that want a solution to
straighten their teeth without the traditional wires.
Here are three options to look at while searching for
Invisalign - the world's leading
invisible orthodontic product is marketing by Align
Technology. There are over 30,000 dentists around the
world that offer this incredbile product.
Orthoclear - this company was founded
by former Invisalign founder Zia Chisti and other former
employees of Align Tech. They have produced an
orthodontic product with similar characteristics.
i-Braces - this is a an
orthodontic product that is developed by a company called
Lingualcare. Ibraces are a proprietary method of teeth
straightening developed by Lingualcare and are commonly
referred to as "lingual braces" as they are the
braces that are behind the front of your teeth.
Many dentists and orthodontists offer invisible
braces. To find a dentist in your area use our find
dentist page. Some of these dentists offer invisible