You may wonder why it’s best to choose an orthodontist over a dentist for your or your child’s orthodontic treatment. Both general dentists and orthodontic specialists have been to dental school and are trained to keep teeth healthy, and some general dentists offer limited orthodontic treatments such as Invisalign®. However, an orthodontic specialist continues his or her dental training for several additional years in both clinical and academic study, treating orthodontic patients under the supervision of professors. This extensive training offers the knowledge and skills required to become an orthodontic specialist, otherwise known as an orthodontist.
It’s important to know that orthodontics isn’t just braces. What we do at Old Metairie Orthodontics also includes using special appliances designed to reposition your jaws and expand your palate to correct your bite or the alignment of your teeth. Because orthodontic treatment often involves permanent changes to teeth and sometimes facial structures, it is vital that the treatment be completed by a skilled professional with experience performing personalized orthodontic treatments from beginning to end. Orthodontists are also highly trained to assess and monitor young children’s oral and facial development and plan accordingly. There’s no argument that an orthodontist is your best and safest choice for achieving straight, healthy smiles.
At Old Metairie Orthodontics, we treat our patients like family, and we want you and your children to have the best possible orthodontic outcomes. Please feel free to contact our office for your complimentary consultation.