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  Should my dentist refer me to an orthodontist?
 
  What is the correct age for the first orthodontic screening?
 
  What happens at the initial examination?
 
  What are the benefits of early treatment?
 
  Will I need to have teeth extracted for braces?
 
  How long does treatment last?
 
  How often will appointments be scheduled?
 
  Do braces hurt?
 
  What should I do if spacers or separators are lost?  
  What happens if something is swallowed?  
  Can I return to school the same day that braces are fitted?
 
  Can I play sports with braces?
 
  Should I still see my family dentist?
 
  Are there foods I cannot eat?
 
  When is it too late for adults?
 
  I have crowns and missing teeth. Can I wear braces?
 
  Why an orthodontic SPECIALIST?
 
  When to see an orthodontist.
 
  Why orthodontic treatment?  
     
  Q: Why an orthodontic SPECIALIST?

A: An orthodontist is a dentist who, having completed the dental degree, has spent at least a further 3 years specialising in the field of orthodontics. Thus an orthodontic specialist has trained further and is best equipped to identify and treat problems in this field.

It can take 10 or more years of education after high school to graduate as an orthodontist. After dental school, the future orthodontist must be accepted as a student in an accredited orthodontic program where the student learns the skills required to manage tooth movement (orthodontics) and guide facial development (dentofacial orthopaedics).
Only those who have successfully completed this formal education may call themselves “orthodontists”.
Orthodontists limit their scope of work to orthodontics only.
Orthodontists are uniquely qualified in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of orthodontic problems. They dedicate their professional lives to creating healthy, beautiful smiles in children, teens and adults. Well-aligned teeth are more than attractive: they make it possible to bite, chew and speak effectively. Orthodontic care is often part of a comprehensive oral health plan.
Orthodontists use a variety of “appliances,” including braces, clear aligner trays and retainers, to move teeth or hold them in their new positions. Because of orthodontists’ advanced education and clinical experience, they have the knowledge and skills necessary to recommend the best kind of appliance to meet every individual patient’s treatment goals.
 
     
 
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