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Who Is An Orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a type of dentist who specializes in treating and correcting teeth that are misaligned. In order to be board certified as an orthodontist, a dentist must successfully complete an additional course of two-to-four years of study after graduating from dental school. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 5,000 orthodontists practicing in the United States today, and that number is growing. Misaligned teeth are a prevalent issue. One recent study published in the "American Journal of Orthodontics" estimates that as many as 30 percent of all adults in the United States have some degree of misalignment. This can not only be unattractive, but can cause eating issues and even headaches and jaw pain. The history of orthodontics extends back more than 2,000 years. There have even been mummies found with brace-like bands on their teeth.


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What treatments can an Orthodontist provide?

There are a wide variety of treatments available from your orthodontist, braces are just one of them! Braces help to guide teeth into a new position. These are permanently affixed to the teeth and are periodically tightened as the teeth gradually shift. Braces are typically worn from six-months-to-two-years, depending on the severity of the misalignment. Other options, including Invisalign and clear ceramic braces, work similarly to traditional metal braces but aren't as noticeable. Removable appliances, like retainers, can be taken out and cleaned and are worn during the majority of the day to guide teeth into a new position.

When do I need an Orthodontist?

Orthodontists can help with a number of dental issues. The most common is teeth that protrude in the front (an overbite) or on the bottom (an underbite.) This can be a cosmetic problem or even hamper a person's ability to chew. An orthodontist can also help with jaw issues, like Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ), that are caused by misaligned teeth. These dental specialists are also the experts to call when you have chronic headaches or jaw pain that doesn't appear to have another root cause.


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