What is an Orthodontist?
An Orthodontist is a professional who has followed his/her general dental education with 2-3 additional years of full time post-doctoral study in an orthodontic program and institution accredited by the American Dental Association.
What is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics?
Obtaining Diplomate status (Board Certified) is a voluntary effort in continuing education that applies earlier classroom work and conventional continuing education to the real world of patient care, culminating in a presentation of treatment results for critical review by a panel of nationally-respected peers.
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. The practice of orthodontics requires professional skill in the design, application and control of corrective appliances to bring teeth, lips, and jaws into proper alignment and achieve facial balance.
How do Orthodontists straighten teeth?
Tooth movement is a normal response to light pressures exerted on teeth. Pressure is applied by using a variety of orthodontic appliances, the most common being a brace or bracket attached to the teeth and connected by wires. By tightening the wires, the teeth receive the needed pressure.