What is an Orthodontist?

Just as there are doctors that specialist in areas such as paediatrics and cardiology, certain dentists also choose to specialise in certain areas.  One of these specialist areas is the study of Orthodontics.

Orthodontics is a dental specialty that seeks to prevent, diagnose and treat dental irregularities. Orthodontists are themselves fully qualified dentists who then decide to study for an additional three years as well as get far-reaching clinical experience via an orthodontic residency program.

What does an orthodontist do?

Orthodontists are specialists in rectifying misalignments of the teeth and jaw.  There are many debilitating problems associated with misalignment, for example, speech defects, difficulties chewing and difficulty maintaining adequate oral hygiene.

How does an orthodontist realign jaws and teeth?

The treatments will begin with the orthodontist conducting a comprehensive examination of the jaw and teeth. X-rays and bite impressions will be taken prior to the orthodontist making treatment recommendations.  The orthodontist will then make a treatment recommendation based on the patient’s condition. Some of the treatments that an orthodontist may recommend are:

  1. Dental braces
  2. Headgear and facemasks
  3. Retainers

So if you are suffering from any teeth or jaw misalignments then try and find a specialist orthodontist in your area such as Dental FX in Glasgow