What is Orthodontics?
What is Orthodontics? Orthodontics is a dental specialty, officially known as Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. The goal of orthodontics is to correct malocclusions, also known as crooked teeth.
You have a malocclusion when your teeth, lips or jaws do not align properly. The consequence of a malocclusion is not only that your teeth are unaligned, but that your dental articulations might not work correctly and that your jaws are unbalanced.
To correct malocclusions, orthodontists uses fixed and removable dental appliances to align teeth and jaws. This dental and support tissue correction will bring you a healthier and a more radiant smile.
What is an Orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a specialist who diagnoses, prevents, and treats dental and facial irregularities.
To become an orthodontist, you must first obtain a degree in general dentistry before pursuing your studies in the dental specialty of orthodontics. It’s very competitive and selective to be admitted in an orthodontic program. An average of only 6% of dentists are orthodontists.
After completing a bachelor’s program (usually a Bachelor of Science degree), an orthodontist must then enter a dental school, which typically takes another four to five years. To become a certified orthodontist, one must pursue postgraduate studies in the specialty of orthodontics for another three years.
This program has advanced courses in biomedical and behaviouristic sciences. Orthodontics students develop complex skills required to control tooth movement and facial development.
Only dentists who have successfully completed these advanced studies can be recognized as an orthodontist.