It is nice to know that when dealing with something as important as our teeth, the professional doctors we trust to deal with them are properly educated and trained to do the job well. The art of orthodontics was the first specialty included under the umbrella of dentistry where their focus is solely to correct misaligned bite issues and straighten teeth. An orthodontist not only has aesthetic goals they wish to accomplish for their patients, but there is a functional aspect that many people overlook and do not pay as much mind to. Most people just think that an orthodontist’s job is to straighten teeth so they look good, but there are many health concerns that one can develop if they do not get the proper orthodontic treatment including, dental and gum disease, tensions headaches resulting from a misaligned jaw and uneven wear of teeth. Overall health begins with proper oral health and all of these things can turn into a serious reality for those who do not have this matter proactively dealt with or reactively cared for when it becomes clear that there is a legitimate health issue.
A solid dental education is required for an aspiring orthodontist before they can apply and be admitted to an orthodontic residency at a hospital or university. A Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS), Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DMD) or a Doctor of Dental Surgery or Doctor of Dental Science (DDS) are all acceptable perquisites that qualify someone to enter into their residency. Most of these programs focus on fixed straight wire appliances otherwise known as ‘braces’ and recently the curriculum in many of the residencies that future orthodontists attend also provide an education and thorough training on a relatively new approach to smile correction called Invisalign. Before one can officially be certified by the American Board of Orthodontics, they have to pass a written exam and stand before the board and give presentations regarding six separate orthodontic cases that they personally administered in order to demonstrate their knowledge and skill. When this process is complete and the board agrees that they are qualified to practice, a new orthodontist is officially born and legally allowed to practice in the field of orthodontics.
Every patient has a unique set of circumstances that their orthodontist has to be intimately familiar with in order to be able to make the best recommendation in order to provide the best possible results. Not everyone is an ideal candidate for Invisalign, for example, so no matter how much a person wants that specific procedure, it is the responsibility of the orthodontist to only do what is in the best interest of the patient. A lot of work goes into correcting one’s smile because it is a highly nuanced process that takes an individual approach and requires personalized attention for each patient. For those who are considered good candidates for Invisalign however, much of the orthodontic care overhead that is eliminated in the process of correcting a patient’s smile using this method as opposed to braces is replaced with overhead from the cost of the expensive equipment and software needed to administer the procedure that also has heavy research and development dollars factored into its cost. Regardless, the cost of having a confident and beautiful smile is considered priceless to some, especially those who know what life is like feeling insecure about the matter.
Many parents who are considering braces for teens because they were not able to provide them for their child earlier in their life, look at Invisalign as a way to decrease the potential for social repercussions. The older someone gets, the more uncommon traditional braces become and the more out-of-place someone can feel, which means that an increased risk for them to feel self-conscious about the matter is a reality. Clear braces or ceramic braces are often not enough to obscure the teeth correcting process enough for many teens to feel comfortable agreeing to it, and this is especially true for adults. This is why when an orthodontist informs them that they are ideal patients for receiving the Invisalign treatment, they are so relieved and/or excited. Anyone who can get the results they want without the whole world knowing about it because they feel as though they are under a scrutinizing microscope is good news. Any orthodontist would be more than happy to provide their professional opinion and recommendation to any patient who needs or wants a smile correction procedure of any kind, they simply just need to call and schedule an appointment.