An orthodontist is to teeth what a cardiologist is to the heart… a specialist in a specific category of a medical profession! Orthodontists are qualified dentists, who further their education after graduating from dental school by attending an additional full-time, accredited orthodontic residency program. Specialized orthodontic training requires at least two additional years after dental school and focuses on tooth movement and guidance of facial development.
Orthodontists are uniquely trained experts in a specific aspect of dentistry. They straighten teeth and align jaws, all while partnering with your dentist to provide you with the best oral health care. Orthodontists focus on the diagnoses, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Members of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) limit their practices to orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. Orthodontists treat a wide variety of malocclusions (improperly aligned teeth and/or jaws).
Risks of DIY Orthodontics
Metal braces and invisible aligners are usually prescribed by an orthodontist after an in-person examination and discussion of treatment options, the goal being to achieve the results you desire. Invisalign is one of several companies that make aligners that entail hands-on supervision at repeat office visits.
With today’s craze for Do-It-Yourself projects and techniques to save time and money, multiple companies have developed “orthodontic treatment plans” that claim to straighten teeth, even complex cases, at home for a fraction of the cost. But how do you know what to look for so you can get what you want out of treatment? How do you know if it’s working right? And, how much more will it be to fix it?
If you don’t seek the advice of a certified orthodontist first, Do-It-Yourself orthodontics may be as unreliable as using a “selfie” for your wedding photos.
Always understand your options first, and get the opinion of at least one orthodontist before investing in your Orthodontic Treatment.