Seeing an orthodontist is a crucial part of maintaining your oral health and hygiene. Orthodontists are different from dentists in several ways. They have actually completed specialized training that allows them to perform certain treatments that a dentist cannot. In short, you need to see both a dentist and an orthodontist. To learn more about why you need an orthodontist, keep reading for some advice from Dr. Christopher Murphy at Southern Maine Orthodontics.
While a beautiful smile is the result of a good orthodontic treatment, there is a lot that goes into the process of getting there. Orthodontic treatment is an incredibly complex process that orthodontists have special training in. Treatment involves changes in jaw bones, facial bones, and soft tissue. After dental school, orthodontists must complete a two to three year residency in an accredited program to master the multi-faceted intricacies of orthodontics. This intensive training gives them the tools they need to create healthy, beautiful smiles.
Additionally, working with an orthodontist can help to improve your life. Proper orthodontic treatment can lead to better function of your teeth (biting, chewing, speaking), improved appearance, and more self-esteem/self-confidence. Attending regularly scheduled appointments with your orthodontist and maintaining good oral hygiene throughout your orthodontic treatment will allow your orthodontist to deliver life-enhancing results.
As you can see, it is vitally important that you see both a dentist and an orthodontist to achieve and maintain your best possible smile. Each doctor will ensure your oral health and hygiene is where it should be. We love helping our patients to create their best smile, so please feel free to contact our office with any questions.