Are Orthodontists Dentists?

Yes, orthodontists are dentists, but few dentists are orthodontists. After dental school, dentists who want to be orthodontists must complete a two or three-year residency program where they study teeth and jaw alignment problems and treatments. While orthodontists can do anything a dentist can, such as fill a cavity, they focus exclusively on moving teeth and aligning jaws. Dentists sometimes perform orthodontic procedures they learned in dental schools and at continuing education seminars. If you want someone with the most experience and the most extensive training to perform your orthodontic treatment, you should see a specialist.

If you’re looking for an orthodontist near me, please call our office to make an appointment with our orthodontist in Northern New Jersey. Your straight teeth and new smile are just a phone call away.

Why Do People Get Braces in Northern New Jersey?

People get braces to correct a variety of issues, including:

  • Teeth that are too crowded
  • Teeth that don’t meet properly
  • Teeth that protrude
  • Biting or chewing issues
  • Overbites or underbites

People often inherit their orthodontic problems from parents. They may have jaws too small to hold all their teeth and the teeth become crowded and push each other out of their normal position. Sometimes, people have jaws that don’t line up. Individuals usually seek orthodontic advice because these problems cause cosmetic issues, but pain or trouble chewing can also be a reason to seek help.

What Are the Various Types of Braces?

At our orthodontics office, we’re proud to offer a range of dental appliances. While there may be cases where only one type of dental appliance can correct your problem, you will usually have a choice of ceramic, clear and invisible appliances. Our orthodontist can help you make your selection by considering your budget and your cosmetic preferences. It is a major decision and we want to make sure you’re happy with your selection since you will be wearing your appliance anywhere from nine to 24 months.

What Should Parents Know When Their Child Needs Braces?

Most times, when an orthodontist says your child needs braces, it is because they have crooked teeth. Some parents feel their child does not need perfect teeth, but it isn’t all about the cosmetic appearance of teeth. Fixing crooked teeth makes oral hygiene easier which helps prevent a number of potentially expensive dental problems down the road. Children also have cosmetic concerns, especially teenagers. They don’t want to be embarrassed by crooked teeth.

If your child is reluctant to have orthodontic work, convince them that the crooked teeth which look cute on a nine-year-old can cause expensive and painful dental problems in the future. Call our office today to schedule your appointment. Our team excels at explaining to children why a dental appliance is in their best interest.

We will sit down with you and your child and go over all your concerns. For example, your child can still participate in their favorite sports as long as they wear a mouth guard. In the beginning, your teen may feel discomfort two or three days after getting their appliance. An over-the-counter pain reliever is usually enough to ease any minor discomfort. They may also get a few scrapes as they get used to the wires inside their mouth; keep some dental wax on hand for any wire that rubs.

Is It Worth Getting Adult Braces?

For most adults, the social and professional benefits which come from having an attractive smile make orthodontic work worthwhile. At least a quarter of orthodontics patients are adults; there’s no stigma anymore if a grown-up wants straight teeth. Even celebrities wear braces in public and don’t try to hide them. If you have wanted a nice smile ever since you were a teenager, it’s never too late to invest in your teeth.

We also see adult patients who wore a dental appliance years ago and neglected to wear their retainer as directed, causing their teeth to move out of place. This time, they are complaint after seeing their results disappear the last time.

What Will Braces Cost Me?

Orthodontists cannot quote cost estimates until they examine a person to determine the severity of their problem. They also can’t calculate the cost for orthodontic treatment until they know what types of braces the person is considering. We would be happy to schedule a consultation for you if you call our office. For your convenience, we accept many dental insurance plans and we can help you calculate your out-of-pocket expenses. Our office also offers financing and a discount dental plan to make braces in Northern New Jersey affordable.

Where Can I Find a Trustworthy Orthodontist in Northern New Jersey?

If your dentist suggests you need orthodontic work or you’re simply unhappy with the way your teeth look, please call our office and schedule your consultation. We welcome new patients with or without a referral.

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