Why Choose an Orthodontist?
Choosing between an Orthodontist and a General Dentist for your Orthodontic treatment
You trust your heart to a cardiologist, your skin to a dermatologist, and your knees to an orthopedist. Like their medical counterparts, orthodontists limit their practices to their specialty area. Why choose an orthodontist? Orthodontists have in-depth experience in orthodontic care and are dedicated to helping your teeth and jaws work in union so that you can speak, bite and chew comfortably and effectively. There’s a bonus. Teeth and jaws that work well tend to look good, too. Together with your general dentist, your orthodontist uses his or her knowledge and skills to help you get the best results possible.
Orthodontists are qualified dentists, who after graduating from dental school:
- Continue their education for another two or more years in an accredited orthodontic residency program.
- Are specially trained and educated in the areas of tooth movement (orthodontics) and guidance of facial development (dentofacial orthopedics).
- In addition to having completed this training, our orthodontists are proud members of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO).
The doctors at Parks Orthodontics have met these requirements and can proudly call themselves orthodontists. Only 6% of all general dentists pursue the rigorous additional training required to become an orthodontist. Our Orthodontists treat a wide variety of malocclusions (improperly aligned teeth and/or jaws). They regularly treat young children, teens and adults.