Is there a difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?
Yes, all orthodontists are dentists but only 6 % of dentists are orthodontists.
An orthodontist attends 2 to 3-years of full-time training at an accredited orthodontic specialty program.
What does an orthodontist do?
Orthodontic issues such as crooked or misaligned teeth aren’t just unattractive, superficial concerns.
They can contribute to a number of more serious problems, including headaches, lockjaw, speech impediments, and bone destruction.
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children visit an orthodontist for a check-up no later than age 7. Schmitt Orthodontics follows this guideline and we've found it minimizes potentially serious problems.