The short answer is no – but our orthodontist in Yuba City, CA, thinks you should undergo orthodontic treatment with someone who IS highly trained and skilled in this specialty field of dentistry. After all – as our current health care environment continues to become more and more specialized – you are not likely to consult a knee doctor for your shoulder injury, are you?
In fact, all orthodontists are dentists, but only 6% of dentists are orthodontists. While dentists are experts with general oral health, orthodontists are specially trained dentists with several extra years of complex residency training in order to prevent and correct misalignment of your teeth and jaws. You could say that we specialize in creating smiles! While dentists can identify any potential problems with the growth and development of your child’s teeth during a routine office visit, they usually refer patients to an orthodontist for braces, Invisalign, or other more advanced orthodontic work.
If you’re not sure if your dental provider is an orthodontist, look for the seal of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) as only orthodontic specialists can belong to the AAO.
Although every mouth is different, chances are that when you choose an experienced orthodontic team, they have successfully treated thousands of cases similar to yours! One sign of a great specialist is that he or she can show you plenty of “before and after” pictures of transformed smiles. The best part of our job is creating life-changing smiles, and we strive to give each and every patient a spectacular result!
The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other topics related to orthodontics, feel free to contact Iverson Orthodontics, with a convenient orthodontist office near Yuba City, CA, by clicking here or by calling 530.678.2093.