Most Common Misconceptions About Orthodontics

Most people know exactly what a dentist does, but they may not know exactly what an orthodontist does. This confusion can result in some common myths and misconceptions about what goes on in an orthodontic office. We’re proud to offer world-class care to families here at Smiles of Palmetto Bay. What does this care look like? Let’s clear up some myths about orthodontists and explain how Dr. Martinez and Dr. Ross can improve your oral health! 

Dentists and orthodontists are interchangeable

The most common misconception about orthodontists is that they perform the same job as general dentists. Both careers begin with dental school, and both doctors want to help you maintain a healthy mouth. However, there are a few key differences between the two. If you’re concerned about tooth pain or suspect a cavity, a dentist should be your first stop! These dental health professionals can treat aching teeth, decay, cavities, gum disease, and other common health problems. They also offer checkups and professional cleaning services to keep your mouth in tip-top shape. 

Orthodontists have a more specialized focus. Most of the patients we see daily have been referred by dentists or are experiencing orthodontic issues like crooked teeth or a misaligned bite. These problems go beyond the cosmetic appearance of a patient’s smile. When left untreated, they can lead to symptoms that may affect everyday tasks such as eating, speaking, and even digesting food properly! An orthodontist like Dr. Martinez and Dr. Ross has been trained to identify and correct bad bites and other misalignments using braces, clear aligners, or other appliances.

Dentists and orthodontists receive the same education and training 

Dentists and orthodontists begin their careers in dental school. However, after graduation, orthodontists take a different path by embarking on several extra years of specialized training and education. These programs are highly competitive, and only the top students in any dental school’s graduating class are accepted. They typically last about 2-3 years, with a full-time focus on identifying and correcting orthodontic issues to create a healthier, more balanced smile. Once this residency program has been completed, a dentist will become an orthodontist.

Most Common Misconceptions About Orthodontics

The specialized treatment dentists and orthodontics provide are the same

Dentists and orthodontists both have a solid education, with plenty of training and experience when it comes to caring for smiles! However, an orthodontist like Dr. Martinez and Dr. Ross will have more years of specialized education. Although some dentists provide basic orthodontic care, like clear aligners or braces for minor misalignments, orthodontists specialize in identifying and correcting certain issues. 

Orthodontists help patients avoid any unnecessary complications. They’re more likely to notice the small things that a general dentist may overlook and will only recommend the appropriate treatment plan for you. This means treatment times are reduced, there’s less chance of complications developing, and the treatment plan itself will be time and cost-effective.

If your family dentist offers orthodontic care, you may consider them as an option first. This is understandable, as most of us prefer people we’re familiar with over someone we haven’t met. Before you move forward with orthodontic treatment by your dentist, consider what an experienced orthodontist will be able to provide you. This includes: 

  • A customized treatment plan created just for you based on your unique smile, specific needs, and desired results
  • The best possible outcome for your smile, particularly if your case is complex or severe
  • More efficient treatments and visits, since orthodontics is the main focus
  • Traditional metal and clear ceramic braces

At Smiles of Palmetto Bay, our only focus is orthodontic care and treatment. That’s why we put so much time and work into perfecting what we do! Dr. Martinez and Dr. Ross perform teeth straightening procedures daily most weeks, and our team keeps up to date on the latest in industry practice. Our office is equipped with cutting-edge technology, allowing us to provide every patient with only the best in customized orthodontic care.

Orthodontists only treat teens

If the term “orthodontics” brings to mind images of a teenager, you’re not the only one. Tweens and teens indeed make up the largest number of orthodontic patients. However, treatment can be beneficial to patients of all ages! In addition to teens, we work with young children and adults in our Palmetto office. We’ve seen firsthand that there’s no age limit for achieving a straighter smile and better oral health!  

Your best smile is waiting for you at Smiles of Palmetto Bay

Dr. Martinez and Dr. Ross are experienced orthodontists, both skilled in providing high-quality care to patients of all ages in Palmetto Bay and the surrounding communities. Our team offers personalized care from our state-of-the-art office, using advanced technology to give patients exceptional results! If you’re looking for the best in orthodontic care in the area, look no further—Smiles of Palmetto Bay is ready to help you achieve the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. Get in touch today to schedule your FREE consultation!