Why Do You Need to See a Specialist Orthodontist?

Why Do You Need to See a Specialist Orthodontist?

It’s a myth that only children and teenagers need to visit an orthodontist, in order to discuss the braces treatments that can improve their smiles ahead of adulthood. In reality, people of all ages can benefit from having their teeth straightened, but to get the best results it’s important to visit a specialist in the field. A specialist orthodontist is best placed to understand the problems with the structure and aesthetics of your smile and recommend and implement the most appropriate treatment. Let’s now look at why you should see a specialist and how Dulwich Orthodontics fit into that bracket.

Specialist Orthodontist or Dentist?

It is true that many dental practices will offer teeth straightening treatments, but they don’t have the experience and training that an orthodontist has. An orthodontist is a dentist who has undertaken a further three years of study and training after already qualifying and working as a dentist. This study will develop an in-depth understanding of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of dental and facial irregularities to align the teeth, bite and jaws.

Whilst all orthodontists are dentists, the same can’t be said for the other way around, as becoming an orthodontist takes an additional time and investment commitment on top of the standard 5 years training it takes to become a dentist. That’s why orthodontists, like ours, are passionate about improving smiles.

A specialist orthodontist has a deep understanding of tooth movement mechanisms, enabling them to handle both straightforward and intricate cases. They prioritise the significance of biomechanics and applying appropriate forces to guarantee efficient, effective, and safe tooth movements to deliver the best long term results.

When considering who to go and see about your misaligned teeth, you’ll need to think about the speed of the treatment, how much it will cost you and what the end results will look like. Only with a specialist orthodontist can you be assured of specialist and tailored care throughout the course of your treatment, from discussing your treatment options at an initial consultation to the day you have your braces removed and talk about after care.

Whilst a dental practice offering teeth straightening treatments may focus on the aesthetics and function of your smile through the implementation of more straightforward methods, an orthodontist will put your needs first, taking into account not only the way your smile needs to look and work but your overall health and the stability of your smile after treatment has finished.

An orthodontist is a good choice if you are looking to:

  • Have more options when it comes to teeth straightening treatments.
  • Prevent dental problems in the future.
  • Diagnose and treat more complex problems such as issues with bite and deformities of the jaw.
  • Correct sudden changes in your teeth - which may be caused by gum disease.

Looking for a Specialist Orthodontist in London?

If you’ve decided that an orthodontist is the right choice for you and are based in West Dulwich or the surrounding areas of south London, then we are here to help you. As the largest orthodontic practice in South East London, we provide a wide range of specialist braces treatments using the most up to date techniques to ensure you can complete your treatment in the shortest possible time with the best possible results.

To find out more about our services or to book a consultation to chat through your options, please call us on 020 8265 9797 or click here to send us a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.