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    How Orthodontists and Dentists Work Together for Your Smile

    If you’re looking to begin your orthodontic journey, you may be wondering how to take that first step. It’s common for many patients to begin the process with their general dentist. General dentists are licensed to provide a variety of services, and many can provide orthodontic services like clear aligners and braces to help you straighten your teeth. Sometimes, however, patients present with more complex situations that involve their jaw or bite. If this is the case for you, your dentist will likely refer you to an orthodontist for more specialized care.

    What is an orthodontist?

    An orthodontist is a dental specialist who is trained to diagnose, prevent, intercept and treat dental and facial irregularities. Before someone can receive the title of orthodontist, they must complete extensive training. First, they receive a dental degree just as a general dentist does. Although there is a little bit of orthodontics instruction in dental school, someone who seeks to be an orthodontist must complete additional training through an orthodontic residency program. Lasting two to three years, this residency program provides extensive specialty training that gives the orthodontist expertise in areas such as dental, jaw and facial development as well as safe tooth movement. This extra schooling makes an orthodontist a specialist in safely moving teeth and aligning jaws. 

    How will my orthodontist work with my general dentist?

    As you go through your orthodontic journey, your orthodontist will keep your general dentist updated with your treatment plan and progress. After completing treatment, the orthodontist works with your general dentist to develop a long-term care plan. By working in partnership, orthodontists and dentists ensure that you receive comprehensive care, addressing both the functional and aesthetic aspects of your mouth. Their collaboration helps give you a healthier, more confident smile.

    Are you interested in starting your smile journey? Schedule your free consultation with us today!