Experts in the proper placement and alignment of the teeth and jaws, orthodontists help patients of all ages achieve straighter, healthier smiles. If you are considering orthodontic care for yourself or a family member, it’s important to select the right provider. Unlike a general dentist, an orthodontist has an additional two to three years of advanced training.
Orthodontists specialize in:
• Aligning and straightening teeth for proper occlusion using fixed and removable appliances
• Closing gaps between the teeth
• Correcting jaw positioning with external appliances like head gear
• Placing braces and other appliances as part of orthodontic treatment
• Treating over bites, cross bites, and deep bites
When it comes to choosing an orthodontist, you should consider several factors:
During your orthodontic treatment, you will visit the orthodontist’s office at least once every four to six weeks, sometimes more often. Close proximity to your office or home will cut down on travel time. At the Mehdi Fotovat DDS, we even offer early morning appointments to fit your busy schedule.
As you make your selection, evaluate each candidate’s educational background. Ask about continuing education courses. Does the dentist have training in advanced therapies such as Dentofacial Orthopedics or Invisalign? Dr. Fotovat and Dr. Sands, who are trained orthodontists, have received training in Dentofacial Orthopedics. Our doctors work on not only straightening the teeth, but also on creating harmony between the jaws and facial bones with the surrounding structures
An important part of your decision making is picking an office and provider your trust. Visit each practice you are considering to get a feel for the personalities and environment. Do you feel welcome and well-treated? It may help to talk with other patients or hear what friends and family have to say about your possible selections before making the final choice.