People with crooked smiles or other misalignments of their teeth often turn to braces to correct the problem and boost their self-confidence. After all, an unappealing smile can really detract from your overall appearance.
An increasing number of dental professionals are offering orthodontic interventions, especially now that the tray systems like Invisalign allow patients to take on more responsibility for their treatment. Not all of these practitioners have been specifically trained in the principles and techniques of orthodontia, though.
Working with an orthodontic specialist has many advantages. After graduating from dental school, orthodontists complete extensive training in the specialty. They focus their practices solely on orthodontics, whereas other practitioners may only encounter patients who need braces periodically.
Orthodontists are well-versed in the appliances that are used to reposition the teeth, and they know how to make any necessary adjustments throughout the course of treatment. Even with Invisalign, in which the patient switches out trays on a prescribed schedule, the orthodontist still carefully monitors changes to make sure the patient is progressing as expected.
Whether it’s for yourself or your child, you’re making a significant investment in braces, and you’ll want to achieve the best outcome possible. An orthodontist has greater exposure to a wide variety of cases, which is excellent preparation for even complex scenarios.
The orthodontist should be able to show you photographs that illustrate the results achieved in previous patients, ideally with cases similar to yours. Additionally, orthodontists may be certified by certain professional organizations, like the American Association of Orthodontists, to give you greater peace of mind.
In addition to their post-graduate training, orthodontists must keep current with developments in their field through continuing education courses. This means that an orthodontist is knowledgeable of the latest technology that may be useful in your case.
An orthodontic specialist can improve your oral health in addition to your smile’s appearance. To take advantage of all of the benefits of orthodontic treatment, contact the Allen TX office of Drs. Jay Ghosh and Trent Lofgren to learn more about what options are available to you. Call 214-547-0001 to schedule your professional consultation today.