Did you graduate from a recognized post-dental school graduate program?
Any general dentist can offer orthodontic treatment, but they are NOT specialists in orthodontics. To be a specialists of orthodontics, dentist must have attended an orthodontic graduate program for 2-3 years after graduating from Dental School. An easy way to figure out if your orthodontist is indeed a specialist, you should figure out all of the treatments he provides. If your orthodontist offers treatments that a general dentist offers like dentures, fillings, and crowns then odds are that your orthodontist is not a specialist.
Orthodontics specialists usually stay in their field and only provide orthodontic services. So why does this matter? A Specialist of Orthodontics has at least two years more experience in learning and practicing orthodontics than a regular dentist. They study numerous cases, develop skills to properly diagnose patients, learn techniques on how to properly change the location of teeth, and most importantly study the growth and maturation of their patients. While they are in their program for those 2-3 years they are assigned their own patients to provide treatment to, but they are also supervised and observed by their professors assuring that they are learning how to do everything properly.
So if you’re looking to straighten your teeth with Braces or Invisalign, your best option is to visit an orthodontic specialist.
At Dr. Blalock’s San Antonio Orthodontic practice, initial consultation are always complimentary. We will perform a thorough exam of your mouth and bite to determine the very best course of treatment that is right for you. So give us a call today (210) 695-9996 or visit our website at http://www.blalockorthodontics.com/