What does an Orthodontist do?
Orthodontists are similar to dentists in that they are trained in the practice of oral healthcare. Both practitioners attend dental school and receive training in the diagnosis and treatment for conditions that affect your gums, tongue, teeth and mouth. Upon completion of dental school, orthodontists continue on to complete an additional 2-year residency focusing on the diagnosis and treatment options for misalignments of the teeth and jaw. Their practice is focused on supervising how the jawline and bite is growing in children, treating teeth and jaws that are misaligned, building a treatment plan that can include braces and retainers, performing surgery to straighten teeth and setting their patients up with braces, palatal expanders, orthodontic headgear or Herbst appliances. All of these treatments aim to straighten the teeth and align the jaw so that patients are able to comfortably and easily chew food, as well as eliminate potential dental issues down the road.
What is the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?
Dentists and orthodontists both attend school to study general dentistry in order to be able to properly diagnose and provide treatment for conditions that affect the gums, teeth, tongue and mouth. A dentist is a doctor that specializes in oral health, meaning that they have completed either a pre-medical or pre-dentistry degree before they attended graduate school for dentistry. Following their schooling, they then need to complete extensive training in order to be certified to practice dentistry. Dentists are focused on preventative oral care for your teeth but are also able to fill cavities, extra teeth, repair a cracked tooth, whiten teeth, install veneers or crowns, and many other services pertaining to the teeth and overall oral health and care. Orthodontists receive the same training as dentists and are also doctors of oral health. When certified, they can diagnose conditions related to the teeth, gums and mouth, much like a dentist can. However, they choose to primarily focus on ensuring that your teeth and jaw are aligned and correctly set.
How much do orthodontist’s cost?
The cost of an orthodontist visit will vary widely based on the reason for your visit, the training and experience of the orthodontist, and your geographical location. Like many professionals, orthodontists will charge based on how extensive their training is, as orthodontists with higher levels of education and experience are able to perform more complex and elaborate treatments and procedures. Rates will also be dependent on what the cost of living and cost of services are in your geographic location. Orthodontists in bigger city centers will charge more as they have higher overhead expenses, whereas in smaller communities, they will often charge less. Your visit to the orthodontist may be included as part of a treatment plan, meaning if you are receiving treatment for teeth straightening, the price of the treatment will most likely include your initial consult appointment, appointments for treatment such as spacers or the installation of braces, and follow up appointments on a regular basis as outlined. This package price will be dependent on how severe the individual’s case is and how much work will need to be completed in order to align the teeth or jaw, or in some cases both.
What are the benefits of going to an Orthodontist?
Orthodontists are specially trained and experienced in teeth straightening techniques. They will be able to work with you on determining the best treatment plan for your needs based on your unique situation. Since this is the focus of their practice, they truly are experts in the methods of teeth straightening and can accurately diagnose and build out a treatment plan for you that will be successful and ensure you have a straight smile upon completion, as long as you follow the plan. They are also able to provide early diagnosis and preventative measures when kid’s jaws are still growing, with the intention of minimizing the need for braces down the road, by allowing the jaw and mouth to accommodate the space needed for all of the teeth as they grow in. Best Dental Care and our team of leading dental professionals are here to walk you through the benefits of seeing an orthodontist and how we can help you smile with confidence again. We are accepting new patients. We are conveniently located at 3310 S. Southwest Loop 323 Tyler, TX 75701. We serve patients from Tyler TX, Swan TX, New Chapel Hill TX, Noonday TX, Wood Springs TX, Whitehouse TX, and Flint TX.