An orthodontist is a specialist in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities. They use appliances like braces and Invisalign to straighten the teeth, correct misaligned jaw structure and help your smile look and function at its best.
What Type of Training Does an Orthodontist Have?
Orthodontists, like your favorite Simpsonville and Greer, SC orthodontist, Dr. Buddy, are actually dentists with several extra years of training under their belts. An orthodontist has to get their bachelor’s degree and then obtain their doctorate from dental school. After dental school, they receive two to three more years of training in an orthodontic residency program where they gain experience treating patients and learn the intricacies of perfecting the bite. They then become a certified specialist in orthodontics.
Do I Have to See an Orthodontist?
An orthodontist has the knowledge and experience to develop an accurate diagnosis and create a treatment plan that will give you a fantastic smile. Shifting the teeth and jaw is actually a complicated process that can even create permanent changes in your anatomy, so seeing a specialist is essential. They’ll be able to balance function and aesthetics for outstanding results that last a lifetime. To experience the benefits of an orthodontist’s expertise for yourself, call us at (864) 801-3500 (Greer office) or (864) 967-0053 (Simpsonville office) to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Buddy.
Orthodontics by the Numbers
Here are some facts and figures about orthodontics. You never know, they may come in handy at your next trivia night!
After high school, an orthodontist spends 10 to 11 years in training to become certified.
100% of orthodontists are dentists but not all dentists are orthodontists.
The American Association of Orthodontists was created in 1900.