Orthodontic offices specialize in treatments like Invisalign and braces to align your teeth and jaws into a healthy position. Orthodontists are dentists first before learning more about how to correct bite issues and crooked or gapped teeth. Some orthodontists will focus on just pediatrics while others will treat the whole family.
What can you expect at an orthodontist’s office? An orthodontist is a dental specialist who works on your teeth and jaw and ensures that they are all correctly lined up. If you have an overbite, an underbite, or crooked/gapped teeth, you will want to see an orthodontist near me.
How to choose an orthodontist for my braces?
One of the biggest things you can do to find the right orthodontist is to go to your favorite search engine and look for an orthodontist near you. You will want to be sure to have location tracking on so that your search will find offices truly nearby. If you don’t do this, be sure to add the city or town to your search, for instance, North Miami Beach orthodontist for braces. This will help narrow down the search to those just in your area.
Then you should check out ratings for the listings. You should look for only four and five-star rated orthodontists, as anyone else is not worth your time. Take a look also at the number of ratings. While a low number might mean that you have found a new office, a high number means you have found a successful practice that has been in business for a while and built a solid reputation.
Next, look for ones that offer you a free initial consultation. This is a great opportunity for you to see what kind of orthodontic treatment you need, what kinds of appliances you might be able to use, and how much it will all cost. You also get to meet the whole staff – more on who all of these folks are in a moment. But above all else, they should be friendly and helpful, and make you feel like they truly care about you and your oral health.
Orthodontics: Do braces really work?
If you are wondering if braces really work, the short answer is yes! But the longer answer is they do, by providing you with several benefits.
- They correct your overall bite. If you have any sort of a bite issue like an overbite, an underbite, or a crossbite, conditions known as malocclusions, braces can and will correct this. This keeps the correct amount of bite pressure on your teeth so they won’t chip and cause you pain in the TMJ.
- They straighten crooked teeth. Crooked teeth are not only unattractive, but they are much harder to keep clean. This means they can harbor food particles and bacteria which can lead to increased amounts of tooth decay or even tooth loss or abscesses in the jaw.
- They can give you a boost of self-esteem. When you have a beautiful smile, people notice and are more likely to be drawn to you. That positive attention has a positive impact on you! You will feel better about yourself and you will radiate that confidence.
Which is the best clinic for orthodontics?
The best orthodontic treatment clinic is one that makes you feel at home, with the right price and/or payment plans so you can afford your treatments, and that offers the kinds of treatment options you want.
What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?
We’ll look at what it takes to become an orthodontist next, but basically, a dentist ensures that you have clean healthy teeth and gums. He or she may also do some oral surgeries to correct cavities, clear out infected root canals, and repair gums that are inflamed or receding. An orthodontist is someone who completed some additional training after dental school to learn about the alignment of the teeth and jaws.
How much does an orthodontist make?
Are you interested in a career as an orthodontist? You might want to know how much you might make as an orthodontist. On average, in 2020 they make $256,000 a year, but that can vary a lot by location, with some locations paying over $300,000 a year. It’s a great career to choose as it is expected to grow 8.5% a year for the next ten years based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
If this sounds like something you would want to do, here is how you can become a North Miami Beach orthodontist for braces.
- Get your Bachelors of Science degree in something like biology or pre-med.
- You will then need to pass the dental admission test which covers subjects like organic chemistry and biology.
- Go to dental school. This program will last you three to four years.
- You then take the National Board Dental Exam which is actually two exams – one written and one practical.
- Then you need to get licensed in your state to practice dentistry.
- And finally, you need to go get your next degree in orthodontics. This is usually a two-year program unless you choose to focus on a subset like pediatric orthodontia, which can take longer.
Other orthodontist office jobs
There are a few other folks you will meet in the orthodontist’s office.
- Treatment coordinator – The treatment coordinator is someone you will spend a lot of time with. He or she is the person who oversees the entire orthodontic treatment and sets up each stage of the process.
- Orthodontic assistants – These are the people who assist the orthodontist during each session, by taking the dental impressions and X-rays, doing some basic examinations, and taking notes as the orthodontist calls out information.
- Dental hygienists – Dental hygienists do dental cleanings and X-rays for the dentist. They will also assess any gaps in the gums and report any issues with them and also any soft spots or tooth decay they find on the teeth.
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Call us at (786) 540-1919 to schedule a free orthodontic exam.