Orthodontics & Orthodontic Treatments
Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry, requiring more university education and extensive clinical experience from practitioners. The specialization focuses on preventing, diagnosing, and treating dental and facial irregularities, such as crooked teeth, and bad bites. Orthodontic treatments usually fix cosmetic concerns. But, they can also help manage dental complications, such as chewing or speaking problems, tooth corrosion, and pressure on gums and the surrounding bone.
If you believe that your dental concerns require an orthodontist or your dentist has suggested that you see one, schedule an appointment with Studio32 Orthodontics today!
Orthodontist Vs. Dentist
Many people are unaware of the differences between orthodontists and dentists. The general difference is that all orthodontists are dentists, but not all dentists are orthodontists. To get more specific, dentists deal with broad medical issues involving oral health, while orthodontists focus on correcting bites, occlusions, and crooked teeth. Orthodontists can work as general dentists, and dentists may refer patients to an orthodontist if they need specialized work. While a dentist may have experience in some orthodontic procedures, it’s best to entrust your smile to a specialist.
What Does An Orthodontist Do?
Orthodontists work with children, teens, and adults to address oral health issues, including teeth spacing, teeth alignment, and jaw alignment. Orthodontists will often use braces or Invisalign® as options for correcting smiles. Check out our orthodontic glossary to find out more about the orthodontic procedures.
Types Of Orthodontic Problems
You might think of orthodontists as those responsible for overseeing teeth straightening with braces, but they actually treat many other dental concerns, including:
- Malocclusions caused by thumb-sucking in children
- Spacing between teeth
- Overcrowding of teeth
- Extra teeth
- Premature loss of baby teeth
- Retention of baby teeth
- Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD)
What To Expect At An Orthodontic Appointment
Orthodontic visits are similar to dentist visits, except you may have to return to the office many times before treatments are completed. Typically, your first appointment will be a consultation visit where the doctor will inspect your mouth, discuss treatment options, payment plans, and answer any of your questions. You may also have to have some x-rays taken so the doctor can get a more in-depth look. Our orthodontists will do everything they can to make patients comfortable, no matter what the procedure is.
Orthodontist In Gainesville, FL
If you are unhappy with your smile due to crooked teeth, gaps between your teeth, or a bad bite, an orthodontist can help. Dr. Mullally, your local Gainesville orthodontist, has the necessary experience to properly align teeth, jaws, and lips, creating the perfect smile you’ve always wanted, all while alleviating or preventing numerous other oral health problems.
At Studio32 Orthodontics, we provide Gainesville, FL, residents, and the surrounding communities with braces or Invisalign® to create a smile they’ll feel confident about. Schedule your appointment with us today!