Can Dentists Do Orthodontics? Why it’s Important to Choose an Orthodontist

It’s a question we hear time and time again, “Can my dentist do my orthodontics?” People assume that because dentists work on and keep your teeth healthy, that they should be able to perform orthodontic procedures. Dentists are skilled professionals dedicated to caring for your teeth, but they are not trained to perform orthodontic treatment and procedures to address malocclusions, or bite and alignment issues.

Orthodontists and Dentists: What’s the Difference? 

Orthodontists and dentists both go to dental school, but there are several major differences between the two professions. That’s because to become an orthodontist, at least three more years of specialized education from an accredited university is required. This education gives orthodontists the knowledge and skills required to diagnose and treat dental and facial irregularities.

Why Should You Choose an Orthodontist?

You wouldn’t bring your car to a TV repairman, so why would you ask a dentist to do something they’re not trained to do? An orthodontist has specialized training from an accredited university to diagnose and treat your orthodontic issues. This becomes particularly clear when you visit your Molen orthodontists. Thanks to our training and experience with innovative treatments, we’re able to provide our patients with the highest standard of care, ensuring they achieve the results they are looking for.

From time to time, we meet with patients who have been led to believe that their dentist was trained to perform orthodontic procedures. It is possible to take courses online or on the weekend to achieve certifications or membership in a dental-orthodontic association but this is in no way the same as training daily for three years at an accredited university with a residency program.

You Deserve a Smile That Must be Molen

At Molen Orthodontics, we treat our patients as we would members of our own families—we go the extra mile, and we spare no expense to give you the smile you deserve. We create customized treatment plans to provide you with a smile that looks completely natural, all while perfectly complementing your facial features.

The first step in having the smile you deserve is stopping into our offices for your initial consultation. From there, we’ll discuss your goals, as well as answer any questions you may have, and develop a treatment plan that we’re sure will have you smiling. Contact us to schedule your FREE consultation. Or, for more information on orthodontic treatment, we encourage you to download our FREE whitepaper: The Cost of Braces & What To Expect: A Patient’s Manual.

 

 

 

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