Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that focuses on correcting misaligned teeth and malocclusions. It is derived from two Greek words: orthos, meaning straight or correct, and dontic, meaning teeth. Orthodontic treatment can help control the abnormal position of the teeth, jaws, and face. It can also be used to promote or restrict growth in growing patients through functional appliances, orthodontic headdresses, or a face mask with reverse traction.
Braces are the most common orthodontic appliance used to correct tooth misalignment. However, there are other options available such as lip and cheek protectors, metal orthodontic bands, elastic bands, coils, and hooks. These appliances work by exerting tension on the teeth to help them move into the desired position. In order to become an orthodontist, one must first graduate from dental school with a degree in dental surgery (BDS) or an equivalent degree.
After graduating from dental school, one must then enroll in a postgraduate orthodontic course approved by the Medical and Dental Council of Pakistan. This is a highly competitive process as only the best dentists are accepted into these programs. At American River Orthodontics near Granite Bay, CA, Dr. Mateer and his staff believe that establishing a relationship with every patient and family is an integral part of orthodontic treatment.
They strive to provide the best care possible by investing in the newest equipment and participating in classes, seminars, and workshops to stay up to date on the latest best practices and technology. When considering orthodontic treatment such as braces or Invisalign, it's important to understand that an orthodontist will focus solely on orthodontic issues. General dentists may also be experienced in orthodontics but it's best to get treatment from someone who specializes in what you need.