What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a specialty within dentistry that corrects misaligned teeth, establishes the correct bite, and addresses discrepancies between upper and lower jaw bones. The full name of the specialty is “Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics”. Orthodontics refers to the straightening of teeth, Dentofacial refers to the teeth and face relationship, and orthopedics refers to the correction of bones. The treatments aim to improve the appearance and functionality of crooked or crowded teeth and correct the bite pattern of the patient.
An orthodontist uses devices such as braces, aligners and retainers to reposition the teeth and guide growth of the jaw bones over a period of time. Orthodontic treatments are often most effective in children and young adults but can be performed on people of all ages.
The saying of “Form follows function” is very true in orthodontics. While many people associate orthodontics with solely cosmetic treatments, a correct bite is essential to allow the teeth to function as they are designed, and ensures the overall long term health of the beautiful smile.
Who are Orthodontists?
Many patients wonder what is the difference between an orthodontist and their family dentist who also offers braces and Invisalign treatment.
Orthodontists are dentists who specialize and limit their practice to only focus on Orthodontics, which is a specialty within dentistry that corrects misaligned teeth, establishes the correct bite, and addresses discrepancies between upper and lower jaw bones. After becoming a dentist, orthodontists will spend an additional 2 to 3 years in a graduate program to obtain their diploma in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. In short, orthodontists are the very best people in the field of moving teeth and jaw bones to create a healthy and beautiful smile.
PacificWest Dental Group had been serving our patients and community in Vancouver and Surrey for almost 30 years. Our expert team of orthodontists have over 50 years of combined clinical experience, and we pride ourselves on providing the highest level of service to every one of our patients. Contact us today to find out more about the services we offer and how we might be able to help you.