What is An Orthodontist? A Guide to the Specialists

It’s easy to assume that an orthodontist is the same thing as a dentist—after all, they both work to improve your overall oral health. However, as specialists in their field, orthodontists have extensive additional training. So what is an orthodontist?

The Difference Between Dentists and Orthodontists 

Dentists are highly trained doctors with years of education and experience and they focus on keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Orthodontists are trained to correct issues with the structures of your jaws the positioning of your teeth.

What sets orthodontists apart is that after dental school, they undergo three additional years of specialized education, training, and residency programs. During this time, they learn the proper way to diagnose and treat the bite and alignment issues that require orthodontic treatment. These orthodontic treatments may include options such as Damon Braces, Damon Clear Braces, or Invisalign treatment, as well as low-force palatal expanders.

Why it Must be Molen

At Molen Orthodontics, we’re proud to be known as the orthodontists who go the extra mile for our patients. When you choose us, we treat you like we would our own family, providing the absolute best treatment available. Let’s take a look at a few of the things that set us apart from other orthodontists.

Expertise – Dr. Bruce Molen, Dr. Aaron Molen, and Dr. Rick Molen are well known around the world for their expertise in orthodontic treatment. They have been invited to speak at conferences in United States and abroad, have written several peer-reviewed articles and textbook chapters, and are regularly consulted on cutting-edge orthodontic topics. They truly are in a class all their own.

Quality – We only offer the best to our patients when designing natural-looking smiles. We use the latest technology and techniques, including 3-D x-rays and digital scanners that are goo-free. We take pride in the fact that we do not cut corners at any level. This is why so many local dentists are quick to consult us when their own children need treatment.

Progressive Techniques – At Molen Orthodontics we’re always looking at the most progressive and innovative orthodontic techniques to use while providing treatment to our patients. Because of this, we’re often able to treat cases that other orthodontists have deemed “untreatable” all while working hard to avoid unnecessary extraction of healthy teeth. Our progressive techniques have eliminated the need for headgear in our office, meaning your experience will be both comfortable and effective.

And these are only a few of the reasons that make Molen Orthodontics the ideal choice for your orthodontic treatment. As specialists, our orthodontists can diagnosis and treat issues that dentists simply can not. For more information on orthodontists and orthodontic treatment, contact us today to book your FREE consultation. You can also learn more in our Patient’s Manual, the Cost of Braces & What To Expect.

 

 

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