What is orthodontics? Why should you choose an orthodontic specialist?

ORTHODONTICS is the specialty of dentistry that deals with problems caused by poor alignment of the teeth and jaws. This includes the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Corrective appliances such as braces are applied and controlled to bring the teeth, lips, and jaws into proper alignment to achieve healthy, functional bites and facial balance. Treatment means more than a beautiful smile; it can also aid the health of the teeth and gums. An orthodontist is specially-trained and certified to diagnose and create personalized treatments for the many types of malocclusions (mismatched teeth). He must undergo two years of additional training after dental school.

To become board eligible he must pass a comprehensive written examination and limit his practice exclusively to the treatment of orthodontic problems. Finally, after practicing for a minimum of five years, one may apply for board certification by the American Board of Orthodontics. This procedure includes presenting a series of case reports on many types of problems treated. These reports include before, after, and two years post-treatment records. After these conditions have been met, the members of the American Board of Orthodontics conduct a complete oral examination of the orthodontist regarding the cases treated, orthodontic care and recent orthodontic advances. If the board is satisfied, the orthodontist becomes certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.