While the majority of people know that dentists take care of teeth, not everyone understands what orthodontists do. At times, our patients do not understand exactly how we can help them at our Frisco, McKinney and Allen Orthodontic practices. Read on to learn more about what orthodontists do as well as common myths and misconceptions about them.

Possibly the most common misconception about orthodontists is that they are exactly like a family dentist. In reality, they are completely different. Although both dentists and orthodontists aim to help their patients enjoy a lifetime of healthy teeth, orthodontists achieve this through different techniques. For example, if you have a cavity that you need to have filled, you will probably set up an appointment with a dentist rather than an orthodontist. In the case of a cavity, dentists are the preferred health professional to see to get a filling. Dentists are also trained to address tooth decay, toothaches, gum disease, and other common oral health issues.

Orthodontists usually handle very specific services. Most patients see an orthodontist to have their braces adjusted or to be fitted for some sort of tooth-straightening device. Basically, orthodontists help patients with alignment issues with their teeth. As children grow older, their teeth often become crooked. This can happen for various reasons so it is crucial for an orthodontist to evaluate their teeth alignment around the age of seven. If problems are detected early, there is a possibility that they can be treated easily or prevented from becoming more severe. Your child may also be referred to an orthodontist once their adult teeth have completely grown in.

Another popular myth about orthodontists is that they only perform treatments on children. It is true that if you visit a Frisco orthodontist you will likely see a good deal of children, you will also see adults, college students, and teenagers. Since crooked teeth can have a variety of causes, it is possible to seek orthodontic treatment regardless of your age.

If you want to learn more about what orthodontists do or how a Houston orthodontist could help you, please consider contacting us today. Although the internet is full of information, there is no substitute for a personal evaluation at our office. Our highly trained staff would be happy to answer any of your questions and help you schedule your initial consultation.

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The doctors at Orthodontist Select are specialists in the field of Orthodontics and can offer you high quality treatment for a lasting, beautiful smile.  We offer free, no obligation consultations with no referral required at any of our locations.

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