While your dentist is responsible for the general health and wellbeing of your teeth, Orthodontists train for an additional two to three years beyond dental school to specialize in straightening and aligning teeth for all kinds of unique cases and face shapes. Only these professionally trained specialists are permitted to call themselves “orthodontists” and are invited to attend annual courses and lectures held by the American Association of Orthodontists that divulge new and emerging technologies and strategies in the field of orthodontics.
Consulting an orthodontist is critical to ensure not only the straightness of your smile, but also the continued health of your teeth and jaw.
If left untreated, certain cases of misaligned teeth, or “malocclusion”, can cause tooth decay, difficulty chewing and/or speaking, and other painful and likely costly dental problems.
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