The expert team here at Nirenblatt Orthodontics might make it look easy, but creating a smile that looks great, feels good, and functions well is a pretty complicated process. To achieve this, we use a variety of appliances to apply precise force to the teeth, moving them into the desired positions over time. The specialized treatment you receive when you trust an orthodontist with your family’s smiles can correct a wide range of orthodontic issues, improving your oral health and enhancing your smile. But where should you start?
The first step in any orthodontic journey should be finding the right provider for you and your family. In some ways, this is more difficult than it used to be. Aside from having so many orthodontists to choose from, some dentists now offer basic orthodontic care, like braces and clear aligners. Although many people think these two professions are more or less interchangeable, there are actually some significant differences between them.
The more you understand about the orthodontic process, the more informed you’ll be about who to trust with your family’s oral health. To learn more about this important topic, keep reading below!
What are the major differences between an orthodontist and a dentist?
The biggest difference between an orthodontist and a general dentist is that orthodontists have received additional education and specialized training. All dentists follow a similar path in dental school, but those wishing to become orthodontists after graduation must then complete an orthodontic residency lasting two or more years. These programs are notoriously difficult, with a specific focus on diagnosing and correcting orthodontic issues. They include almost 5,000 hours of further training, which helps explain why only about 6 percent of dentists go on to become orthodontists!
This is also why most dentists lack the same rigorous training, education, and experience that orthodontists have. It’s true that some general dentists will continue to explore orthodontic care through various courses, targeted seminars, and other training, but these simply can’t compete with dedicated orthodontic programs. You only get one smile—choosing an orthodontic specialist like Dr. Nirenblatt will ensure unmatched results in the shortest amount of time possible.
Get your bite right
When we talk about a patient’s “bite,” we mean the complicated biologic system that includes the teeth, upper and lower jaws, gums, and facial muscles. Thanks to his skills and experience, Dr. Nirenblatt is able to position each of these elements for optimal performance! This is the key to a healthy bite and will allow you to bite, chew, and even speak better than before.
When it comes to oral health, a dentist is generally looking at the overall picture. Regular checkups help them identify any dental hygiene problems, and they can improve the function and appearance of a patient’s teeth through crowns, veneers, and other cosmetic treatments. Dentists are also trained to spot signs of oral disease and are able to offer advice on how to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
Orthodontists like Dr. Nirenblatt tend to provide more specialized care. Having spent years studying and training in orthodontics, he’s able to align the jaws and move the teeth using a variety of appliances. This allows him to correct a wide range of problems, from crowded and gapped teeth to overbites and misalignments. As an experienced orthodontist, Dr. Nirenblatt has the knowledge and skills necessary to identify, diagnose, and correct your specific issues.
Customized solutions for your smile
When you look in the mirror or see your child smile, what you notice is surface-level: the way one tooth overlaps another or the gap between them. An orthodontist is trained to see these issues in three dimensions! Dr. Nirenblatt has the extensive education, training, and expertise to examine any smile and discover the root cause of any problems. This allows him to build a personalized solution around your unique needs, lifestyle, and goals. This approach delivers a healthy mouth, beautiful smile, and long-lasting results!
In your search for an orthodontic provider, you may find some dentists in your area who offer basic orthodontic care like braces or clear aligners. This may even include your own family dentist! While all dental students do receive some basic orthodontic training, most won’t have the same education, training, or experience that an orthodontist has. So what does that mean for your family’s smiles?
The benefits of choosing an orthodontist
If you or someone in your family develops a toothache or cavity, the dentist should be your first stop. But if you’re dealing with misalignments and other issues related to oral development, an orthodontic specialist like Dr. Nirenblatt is who you want to see! If your family dentist does offer orthodontic care, it’s normal for you to consider them as an option. After all, you’re already familiar with their office and staff, and most of us prefer what we know over what we don’t.
Before you move forward with orthodontic treatment by your dentist, however, it’s worth taking a moment to consider the benefits of choosing an experienced orthodontist. These often include:
- a wider variety of treatment options
- a customized treatment plan built around your unique smile
- more efficient treatments and visits, since orthodontics is the main focus
- the best possible outcome for your smile, especially if you have a more severe or complex case
Trust your family’s smiles to the experts at Nirenblatt Orthodontics
We have a single focus here at Nirenblatt Orthodontics—providing world-class orthodontic care to families in North Charleston, Summerville, and West Ashley. We put a lot of time and effort into perfecting our techniques, and patients of all ages benefit from the cutting-edge technology we use in our offices. We perform teeth-straightening procedures almost every day, so you can expect exceptional service and incredible results from our talented team!
Your family deserves a lifetime of happy, healthy smiles, and we can help you achieve that. Get in touch with us today to schedule your FREE consultation with Dr. Nirenblatt and let’s get started!