Why an Orthodontist?
Orthodontic treatment with braces or clear aligners (Invisalign®), is a huge decision that can affect your dental health and smile for a lifetime. Currently, there seems to be some confusion on who is best suited to provide your orthodontic care - your family general dentist or a certified orthodontic specialist, an orthodontist. More and more general dentists lately have begun to incorporate orthodontic services in their practices. Consumers have the right to be informed in a non-deceptive manner of the significant differences in quality of care, education and training between an orthodontist and general dentist before starting their orthodontic treatment. After all, it is your smile, your bite, your profile, your choice
All doctors are not equal. A critical fact to bear in mind is that ALL orthodontists are dentists, however only 7% of dentists are orthodontists. “Why is this, I thought all dentists were the same?” Just as there are medical specialties such as pediatrics, internal medicine, ENT, heart surgeon, etc…there are dental specialties such as orthodontics which require additional advanced training. To become a general dentist, it takes nearly 8000 hours of BASIC dental education in dental school to receive the DDS/DMD degree. Additional schooling is required to become a specialist. BASIC dental training allows a general dentist to perform routine dental work like cleanings, fillings, simple extractions, crowns, bridges, dentures and teeth whitening. Moreover, a specialist, like an orthodontist spends an additional 4000 to 6000 hours of specialty orthodontic training (over and above the BASIC 8000 hours already taken in dental school) in an accredited residency program. It must be emphasized that general dentists get absolutely no specialty orthodontic training in dental school.
Today, more and more general dentists are advertising orthodontic care, using “hard-sell” tactics and offering discount coupons to promote such services as Six Month Smiles®, Fast Braces and Invsalign treatment to their patients. This can be confusing to many consumers. Regardless of their motivation to provide orthodontic services, a skill for which they have minimal, if any, training to perform, general dentists do have a moral and ethical obligation to provide the best care for each patient. Part of this responsibility is to provide each patient with informed consent, and let their patients know that they are NOT orthodontic specialists, as recognized by the American Dental Association and the Georgia Board of Dentistry.
Please review the peer reviewed, scientific journal article proving the Inferior Quality of Orthodontic Treatment Performed by General Dentists
TOP TEN QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR GENERAL DENTIST WHO OFFERS TO PROVIDE BRACES OR INVISALIGN
Honest answers to these to these questions will make it very obvious that the orthodontist is the overwhelming choice for braces and Invisalign.