What Is An Orthodontist?

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There is a reason people tend to associate well-aligned teeth with good health. Your oral health plays a vital role in your overall general health… That’s why we try our best to give our patients healthy smiles. Misaligned teeth can lead to issues like tooth decay and gum disease. Gum diseases can progress to more serious infections which can have harmful effects which manifest in other organs of the body.  

Teeth are moved to a better and healthier position through orthodontics. Orthodontists are a subset of doctors that specialize in misaligned or misshapen teeth. These professionals are experts in diagnosing and treating various forms of dental misalignment. 

Misalignment or malocclusion is the most common reason people see an orthodontist, as they specialize in applying braces, clear aligners, and other dental appliances. An orthodontist is educated and trained to move the teeth and resolve under-bites and over-bites, and even treat issues like overcrowding and spacing. Treating the way your jaws close can help your chewing function and may resolve issues like clicking or popping of the jaw and lockjaw.

While an orthodontist is the first line of defense against a crooked smile, they are not the only ones. Many general dentists are trained to treat orthodontic cases using Invisalign. These invisible aligners are a favorite amongst many people looking to straighten their smile. Read more here to learn if Invisalign is right for you!

At Broadway Smiles, our dentists specialize in Invisalign and would love to help you on your journey toward a healthy smile. Book an appointment today for an Invisalign assessment and fitting!