An orthodontist is to teeth what a cardiologist is to the heart. Orthodontists are highly trained specialists who partner with your dentist to provide you with the best oral care.

Orthodontists are qualified dentists, who after graduating from dental school, go on to additional education in an orthodontic residency program. That training lasts at least two academic years — sometimes more. By learning about tooth movement and guidance of facial development, orthodontists are the uniquely trained experts in dentistry to straighten teeth and align jaws.

Orthodontists diagnose, prevent, and treat dental and facial irregularities. Orthodontists treat a wide variety of malocclusions (improperly aligned teeth and/or jaws). They regularly treat young children, teens, and adults.

Source: MedlinePlus and American Association of Orthodontists

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American Association of Orthodontists
The goal of orthodontic treatment is a good bite - meaning straight teeth that mesh well with the teeth in the opposite jaw. Orthodontic appliances, or braces, have changed over the years and many more options are available today. This site includes in-depth information for parents and adults considering orthodontics.

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