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What is an orthodontist?

Gregory J. Jorgensen, DMD
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
An orthodontist is a dental specialist who first became a general dentist (usually 4 years of training after college) and then received an additional training (usually 2 years) learning more and gaining more experience treating problems with bad alignment of the teeth and jaws. While general dentists recieve exposure to orthodontics in dental school, their experience is limite to very simple problems. An orthodontist receives advanced training and experience in complex diagnosis and treatment planning including early intervention and surgical correction of severe jaw discrepancies.

Orthodontics is a dental specialty. It includes the diagnosis, prevention, interception, and correction of crooked teeth or misaligned bite. Getting braces is a common example. It can also include neuromuscular and skeletal abnormalities.

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