When I was 12 years old, my father took me to the clinics of one of the Orthodontist near me. His clinic was not so far, it was within the radius of 3 Kilo Meter. My elder sister was saying that dad is taking me to the dental spa. I was very excited to visit a spa because every elder person in the family was going to the spa for their beauty enhancement so I was also happy and curious to visit the spa (dental spa) for the first time in my life. This curiosity was so obvious; after all, I was the big fan of Brad Pitt. Being a kid, I had the assumption that I will look like my hero when I will go to the spa. So, let me correct you, it was a dental spa. 🙂
During my childhood, my teeth were not so straight; therefore, I was not looking like other kids in our society. This created me the feelings of ‘complex’ inside my mind. My dad understood what’s going on me, hence, he decided to invest everything for my teeth straightening. Dad is a dad, he feels before we express. These days I see Braces are quite advanced and they don’t look like the one which I had used long years back in my early childhood.
When we visited Orthodontist then he did some observations of my teeth. He gave me few chocolates too, but, later on, he also advised me to not eat many chocolates. LOL! He brought a kind of mould (er) and he pushed it into my mouth. I can’t tell you the kind of irritation I was getting to my Teeth and nearby gum.
After 2 weeks, we again visited the Orthodontist clinic and this time he had something for me. Not chocolates, but, he offered me a metallic long wire. I was so scared, but, gradually he kept me calm and he informed the benefits of having it around my teeth. Finally, he sets the entire metallic structure around my teeth. Later on, I knew it was called as Braces. So it was the metallic braces.
It was quite painful initially. I was unable to tolerate the pain, thus, gradually it adjusted and my teeth became so straight that I can close my mouth without adjusting my teeth.
Eventually, this event excited me to become an Orthodontist so I am now. Thanks to almighty, family and well-wishers. 🙂
I have decided to share all my knowledge through this blog so please stay connected to learn more about the Orthodontics and related activities. That’s all about my story. 🙂
Who is an Orthodontist?
Some of the doctors get specialization in Neurology, Cardiology, Orthopaedics, etc. This specialist has the line drawn from General physician and surgeon. Likewise, one who is doing their bachelor course in dentistry then they can align themselves further in the field of Orthodontics.
Technically, Orthodontist is the facial experts who have a specialty to deals with prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Some of the Orthodontists have limitations to treat dentofacial orthodontics and general orthodontics, but they are able to treat patients of any age and gender.
So you may ask how a dentist becomes Orthodontist. I got this answer from a dentist near me.
It’s very simple to answer the question. Firstly any student has to complete their graduate degree in dentistry. Once they have graduated dentist then they have to do further 3 years of studies as a Post-Graduate student. Along with studies, they have to get clinical experiences in an Orthodontic residency program.
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) is a regulating body for Orthodontics. The one who wishes to become an Orthodontist has to assure their membership from AAO. The membership approval will be on their studies on Oral Biology and Biomechanics. AAO has the recommendation to all the new Orthodontist that they should first start examining a kid of seven years old. It is just to get the initial training to ensure that teeth and jaws are not getting irregularities at an initial stage. So by this, every Orthodontist is initially a Kid’s Orthodontist or Children’s Orthodontists.
What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a separate branch of dentistry which is responsible to correct, prevent and diagnose the malpositioned jaws and teeth. Orthodontics is also called as Orthodontia and dentofacial orthopaedics.
An orthodontist is the subject matter expert who has the exclusive degree and licenses to practice Orthodontics. This field was established by two famous Orthodontists, Edward Angle and Norman William Kingsley. Orthodontics is basically taken from Greek. So in Greek, Orthos, meaning straight or correct, and odont, meaning teeth.
The emergence of this subject is quite interesting. You will surprise to know that social science helped dentists to establish the subject, called Orthodontics. Let’s discuss how it evolved and became the branch of dentistry!
Dentists signify the history of dentistry for more than 200 years old. According to American Association of Orthodontist, archaeologist found some mummies on which their teeth were wrapped with metal bands. So from then, they certainly developed an idea to treat the incorrect Malocclusion.
Malocclusion is basically an abnormal alignment of teeth and patients have upper and lower teeth fit together.
Orthodontics indices define the severity level of Malocclusion. Orthodontic treatment is advanced enough to cure Malocclusions; it deals in controlling and modifying the abnormal facial growth. That’s what called as a dental spa. Further, it is abbreviated as dentofacial orthopaedic.
Why do I need to see an Orthodontist (or, Orthodontist near me)?
As we all knew Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry in which prevention, diagnosis and treatment of ill-treated teeth are done, Apart from this, it also deals to correct irregularities of jaws and facial regions. I have collected few reasons to see an Orthodontist near me.
Let’s discuss the reasons below:
- Orthodontists are experts: Orthodontists are the specialists who work very harder to correct your irregular teeth, jaws, faces, bad bites and strengthening cooked teeth. There are lots of similarities between dentist and orthodontists, as both are dedicated to the best health of the patients. Apart from work ethics similarity, they vary in specialism. Orthodontists do another 3 years of specialist studies after graduating from their regular dentistry course. Their full-time occupation becomes orthodontics, all time they are doing to correct irregularities of teeth, jaws and facial issues.
- A smile can change your life: A healthy life starts with a confident smile. A day which starts with a genuine smile may change your lifestyle. So orthodontists work to make your smile beautiful. They make your teeth brighter hence gum looks good when you smile.
- A kind psychological win: When you begin your work with a smile then it boosts your confidence level. If you answer anything with a soft smile, chances are higher to win the person, that’s why you get a psychological win over anything.
- Improved physical appearance: They help you in improving the physical attributes of the teeth. Here is the list of physical benefits that you get when you visit an orthodontist:
- Bad bites correction, if not corrected, it damages teeth and gum
- Correcting misaligned teeth
- Correction of gaps between your teeth
- Correcting Crooked and overcrowded teeth
- Correction of misaligned jaws which disrupts your facial appearance
- Correcting thumb or other finger sucking habits in children
- Correction of Breathing, speech and chewing difficulties
- Selection among best choices: There are lots of medium available for teeth straightening, like Braces and Aligners. However, Braces are popularly used everywhere, but it gives you a feeling of discomfort and embarrassment. So to overcome such feelings, an orthodontist can only suggest you the best choice.
- Kids Orthodontist: Orthodontist support not required for young children. It is good to take your children, whose age is between 7-10 years, to Orthodontist; this is the optimal age to do some examination on jaws and misaligned teeth for corrections.
What are the available Orthodontic treatments?
Orthodontic treatment is basically the techniques available for teeth straightening and improving the overall appearance of your teeth. It also includes some techniques which perform certain examinations by applying a different kind of pressure on your teeth; this is done to check the long-term health of your teeth, jaws and gums.
Some of the available Orthodontic treatments are as follows:
- Lingual Braces (Incognito Braces): It is 100% invisible to people, however, it is attached to the inside surface of your teeth. It may temporarily impact your speech as they are very close to your tongue.
- Ceramic Braces: These types of braces are very infamous among adults. Ceramic braces are preferable over Metal braces because it comes in tooth-colored braces as well as tooth-colored wires. It is generally unnoticeable to others.
- Metal Braces: These types of braces are popular among kids. This is actually the traditional braces. Metal braces are very easier to adjust and change the alignment in very less time.
- Aligners: When the severity of the problems is very less then aligners are used. They are made up of adjustable plastics. So aligners are the best alternative to fixed braces.
- Orthognathic Treatment: This is basically the surgery of critically affected areas like jaws, gum, etc.
- Orthodontic mini-screws
When should my child go for Orthodontic treatment?
There are lots of reasons which are responsible for bite irregularities. The primary causes are: Early loss of baby teeth and developing bad oral habits like sucking thumb in early stages. Sometimes it is also observed that Orthodontic irregularities come by birth or at toddler age or early childhood.
Straight teeth are always good as it enhances your self-esteem and makes good oral home care. Additionally, it minimizes the tooth decay and reduces the risk of periodontal disease.
A Pediatric orthodontist is responsible for monitoring the Orthodontic irregularities of the kids. It is advised to have the basic orthodontic evaluation at the age of 7
Stages of orthodontic treatment
Pediatric Orthodontist identified three stages of Orthodontic treatment. If you adhere to these stages then your kids will have brightened and stronger teeth. These stages are as follows:
Stage# 1: For children having age 2-6 years old
This is called as early treatment. Here is a list of examinations performed at this stage.
- It controls the width of dental arches
- The perfect patients of this stage are: Children who are having difficulty in biting, whose jaws grind, Children who lost their baby teeth quite early and those who use their mouth more than their nose to breath
- At this stage, Pediatric Orthodontist works along with the parents to remove bad habits like thumb chewing. These kids Orthodontist also suggests some tools for jaws improvement.
Stage# 2: For children having age 6-12 years old
This is called as middle stage treatment. Here are some of the points for this stage.
- The goal is to align the misaligned permanent teeth, correcting bites and jaws
- It is the optimal phase to correct severe malocclusion
- Orthodontist suggests some tools like Braces
Stage# 2: For children having age 13 years or above
This stage is normally referred as an Adolescent stage where parents are more serious about Orthodontic treatments. Here are some of the points to take away.
- Straightening teeth permanently
- Improving the appearance of the smile
- After successful completion of wearing braces, Orthodontist suggests retainers
Who is Oral Surgeon?
It looks everything as same as a dentist, no matter whether a dentist is an oral surgeon or an orthodontist! But there are lots of differences between an oral surgeon and a dentist. We will discuss it in this subsection.
An oral surgeon is a specialist in the dental subject, who is formally known as a maxillofacial surgeon.
A dental student normally spends seven or eight years of his life in a school to pursue the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) or Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS). All these degrees give students a state license to practice the general dentistry, but do not allow beginning surgery of the dental areas.
A dental surgeon spends additional four to seven years in training in a surgical environment to get the degree of an oral surgeon.
What kind of activities an Oral surgeon performs?
An oral surgeon forgoes its general dentistry practices and mainly focuses on performing surgery operations. So some of the activities done by the Oral surgeon are as follows:
- Complicated teeth extraction
- Repairing of broken bones inside jaws
- Repairing of broken bones on faces
- Dental implantation
- Removing cyst of the jaws
- Removing tumours of the jaws
- Tissue biopsies
- Bite discrepancy correction
- Jaws realignment
- Cosmetic surgery
A dentist who does not hold the license of an Oral surgeon can also perform the above activities, but, according to a survey, by Journal of American Dental Association (JADA), the success rate is poor for the normal dentist. Hence, the Oral surgeon is the best choices for the surgery.
Differences between Dentist and Orthodontist
Till now we have done the in-depth study of Orthodontist. I would like to thank Dr Muller for his contribution too; he is one of the Orthodontist near me in a neighbourhood.
Let’s have a quick look at differences between a dentist and an orthodontist:
- Dentist and Orthodontist are dedicated to helping patients in their own way
- They have the different educational background. A dentist becomes orthodontist after completing an additional three-year doctoral course. In general, a dentist is a normal dental graduate, whereas an orthodontist is a dental graduate plus post-graduate degree, holder
- The dentist become orthodontist when he/she gets three-year training in orthodontics university which is approved by American Dental Association
- An orthodontist will tag his/her name by DDS or MDS & MS; whereas, a dentist can only tag with DDS or MDS
- A dentist completes 8 years of his education, whereas, an orthodontist completes 11 years of education
- Orthodontist deals on some of the major problems like Overbite, Underbite, Crowded teeth, Improperly spaced teeth, Crossbite, Thumb bite, Bite irregularity, Misaligned teeth and teeth straightening through braces and retainers
- Both are doctors who deal with dental issues
- A dentist is a general physician for dental health, whereas, orthodontists are a specialized physician for dental health
So that’s all about the differences between a dentist and an orthodontist.
We will now discuss the quick overview of braces and other tools suggested by an orthodontist for corrective measures of the teeth. We will further discuss on how one can pass dentistry and further become an orthodontist.
What are Braces?
Braces are the Orthodontic tool which helps in aligning and straightening the teeth; it helps to position the teeth as per individual’s bite. Braces also help to improve the person’s health.
They are aiming to correct few of the dental issues like underbites, overbites, malocclusions, deep bites, open bites, cross bites, correcting discrepancies and other flaws of the teeth and jaw and crooked teeth related issues.
Braces also called as Dental Braces, Dental cases or Orthodontic cases.
They used with other dental appliances for faster recovery of the teeth and jaws related issues.
We have discussed above that Braces found in the mummies of ancient people. So it has a very long history. Therefore, I would like to share the brief history of identification and introduction of braces in our era.
History of Braces
During 300-400 BC, archaeologist identified various mummified individuals having metal band strip around their teeth. They used different fibres and different wires to wrap up their teeth. In ancient phase, they used Catgut which acts as a cord to wrap their teeth like today’s braces. It is the fibres taken from animal’s intestine. You will be amazed to know that Etruscans people buried the dead body with dental appliances of the dead person, just to have proper caring of their teeth afterlife. Roman tomb signifies even big kings were using braces; their dead body found with gold wire wrapped around their teeth.
Orthodontics is a young branch in dentistry as Sociology in social science. It first came into existence in the 18th century. Pierre Fauchard, a French dentist, who invented the modern Orthodontics, published his first book – “The Surgeon Dentist” and the first time he mentioned about appliances used to straighten teeth. He named his teeth straightening tool as “Bandeau”.
In the 19th Century, Orthodontics established a new branch of Dentistry. During this era, famous dentists like Delabarre, Tucker, Norman William Kingsley and John Nutting Farrar did lots of research and advancement over tools to straighten the teeth. They have mentioned their finding in their book. They tried to develop teeth straightening devices made up of elastic, rubber and different raw materials and they have compiled every finding in their book.
The 20th century was the golden age of Orthodontics. First time Edward Angle described various classifications of Malocclusions. He classified it as Class I, Class II, and Class III and so on. He described the various ways to treat the crooked teeth and a major advancement in treating teeth to fit together inside the mouth.
Types of Braces
Let’s have a brief introduction to the types of braces. We will further study it separately in more detailed fashion.
They are traditional braces. It consists of metal brackets and wire, the exact braces that we imagine when we first hear the term braces. The modern metal braces have the small brackets and it is used with heat activated substance like archwire, which quickly helps to move your teeth inside with less pain.
Their design is same as Metal braces, but they are using different substances. Ceramic braces are constituted with tooth-colored substances for brackets. It does not allow other people to notice you wearing some braces.
They are same as Metal Braces. Lingual braces have brackets and wires inside the teeth. This is the major difference between Traditional braces and Lingual braces.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is the virtually invisible technique to straightening teeth. It is not like traditional braces or other types of braces. It is more advanced than the traditional braces. Invisalign, made up with a series of aligners which is required to switch out in every 2 weeks.
Each aligner is specifically made to fit the exact size of your teeth and it pushes inside with no pain. Aligner basically calculates the dimension of each and every tooth and they have to size for them.
Differences between Invisalign and Braces
There are lots of differences between Invisalign and Braces. Let’s discuss each one of them:
- The cost of Invisalign is higher than the cost of Braces
- Aligners are transparent in Invisalign and not visible, whereas, other people can notice you wearing a braces
- It is very difficult to brush and eat while having Braces, whereas, You can easily remove Invisalign while performing your daily activities
- Invisalign leads you to visit Orthodontist in the frequency of 2 weeks to find the traces of improvement, whereas, in Braces, the frequency of visit is in 4 weeks
- Braces are a little bit brittle, gives irritation to soft tissues with stain, whereas, these drawbacks not found in Invisalign
What are the classifications of Orthodontics?
Orthodontics became the royal branch of dentistry; hence, it is good to classify this branch for convenient and efficient study. Let’s discuss the need for classification of Orthodontics:
- Grouping the orthodontic problems
- Diagnosis plans
- Treatment plan
- For convenience in Epidemiological studies
- Examination of the effect of orthodontic appliances
Orthodontics studies divided into two types. These types listed as follows:
- Quantitative and Qualitative types
- Inter-arch and Intra-arch problems types
Let’s discuss each of the classifications separately.
A quantitative method of Orthodontics
The quantitative method of Orthodontics classification includes-
- Malalignment Index
- The IOTN Index
- The PAR Index
- Massler & Frankel Index
A qualitative method of Orthodontics
The qualitative method of Orthodontics classification includes-
- Canine classification system
- Aetiological classification system
- Skeletal classification system
- Simon’s classification system
- Incisor classification system
- WHO classification system
- Bennett’s classification system
- Angle’s classification system
Inter-arch problems types
The Inter-arch problems types of Orthodontics classification includes-
- Saggital Problems
- Transverse Problems
- Vertical Problems
Intra-arch problems types
The Intra-arch problems types of Orthodontics classification includes-
- Saggital Problems
- Rotated Teeth Problems
- Vertical Problems
- Transposition of Teeth Problems
These were the different types of classifications of Orthodontics or Malocclusions.
If you want to become one of the best Orthodontist like the one who is near to you (or simply say like an orthodontist near me). Next topic would really help you in that.
How to become an Orthodontist?
Becoming an Orthodontist will be the dream for many of the peeps. People give more and more efforts, but, less effort in the right direction can help someone to achieve their zenith. Therefore, we are here to guide you in a right direction so that you can pursue your dream with less pain. 🙂
One thing you should keep in mind before you go further-
There is no alternative to hard work in right direction.
Educational requirement to become an Orthodontist
First and foremost thing, a student should complete all his undergraduate courses. A student should have an inclination towards dental studies. Your undergraduate course will be full of opportunities. Grab each and every opportunity and excel more and more. Have clear concepts in dentistry and its all of the subjects. These things basically build your foundation for studying Orthodontics.
It is very and most mandatory for students to maintain the good GPA to get into the dental school which will full fill their dream of becoming an Orthodontist. Hence, you are suggested to perform well in each and every examination of your undergraduates.
Once you have good GPA then you have to submit the scores of Dental Aptitude Test (DPT) to the schools where you want admissions for Orthodontic study.
Your participation in extra-curricular activities, like joining clubs, participation in sports and cultural fest, bringing some innovation, showing leadership skills, volunteering the cause, etc will add extra milestones to the career.
Apart from your studies in Dental school, you have to look parallel for better internship and training. Internship from good institution sets the right career path for you. So you have to look for such opportunities as well. After doing everything, you have to qualify the licensing exam too. It will give you permission to do Orthodontic surgery.
How to find the best Orthodontist near me?
When I had issues with my teeth during my adolescent I first tried to find an orthodontist near me; because of many reasons. Some of the reasons for finding an Orthodontist near me listed below:
- Easy to reach and communicate
- In every two weeks, we have to go through examinations so it was convenient
- We can call them in emergency
- Sometimes they give their service at home
If you have read this article then I believe you should not have any problem in finding an Orthodontist near to your area. But still, if you are finding difficulty in choosing a perfect Orthodontist near to you then I am going to help you out with my perfect guide here.
Here we go!
How did I find an Orthodontist near me?
I took approaches to find the orthodontist near me, so based on my practical experiences I am going to share the guide below:
- Get recommendations from your family doctor or relatives
- Search the doctor at the Board certified orthodontist locator portal
- You must verify that the doctor is actually an orthodontist and not a general dentist. You can look at the letter pad
- Verify that the medical prescriptions are orthodontic one
- Get confirmation that the Orthodontist have some prior experience
- Verify the reviews online, if available
- I checked whether Orthodontist near me have the latest technology at his clinics
- I was looking for the Invisalign treatment so I identified that whether the orthodontist near me have an experience in Invisalign treatment
- Got confirmed with the orthodontist near me whether it was manageable to go with braces initially
- Last but not ignorable, checked whether the orthodontist near me have the interest free fees which cover everything at a reasonable cost
Hope this article will help you clear all your confusions about Orthodontist and Orthodontics. This is not a less resource. We have more knowledge base resource for you.
Some of the readings suggestions for you!
- A right approach to teeth straightening
- How an oral surgeon performs Maxillofacial Surgery?
- Define your creativity with different braces colors
- Some facts about metal braces
- Know your Invisalign cost
- Ceramic braces are the best alternative to Invisalign
- Kid’s orthodontists takes care the oral health of your kids
- Clear retainers help you retain your teeth to its right position
- Incognito braces develop best Lingual Braces
- The pediatric orthodontists is a highly excellent dentist for your kids
- Know different types of braces
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