It is important to make sure you know what type of orthodontic provider you are seeing. Starting Orthodontic treatment is a big decision that cannot be taken lightly. You must make the right and responsible choice so that you are under the right care. First off, you must have an understanding of the importance of seeing a registered orthodontic specialist for your treatment before choosing your provider. You need a dental practitioner that is qualified in the right study to the full extent. Orthodontics is very complex and requires the appropriately qualified person for the job so there is no room to settle for less.
Why you should choose a specialist
If you are looking for a job done right, choose a specialist orthodontist. Only a specialist orthodontist has undergone the additional years of studying, had experience in orthodontics and gained the knowledge needed to provide you with orthodontic care. You want treatment that is safe, effective and efficient right? Then look no less than a specialist orthodontist.
It can be tempting hearing about fast braces and other new acclaimed methods but do not be swayed. Only a specialist who has completed the right amount of studying at University and has had enough experience in their field will give you the outcome you need. Have confidence in your treatment and choose a specialist.
The risks of not seeing a specialist
You want a dental practitioner you can trust when you undergo orthodontic treatment. Seeing someone that hasn’t got the right qualifications for the job can cause a lot of issues. We are all impressed by terms like “quick braces” but the reality is that you’ll likely end up having to repeat or extend your treatment. Fast doesn’t mean effective.
A smile is a worthy investment, a smile is worth time and patience. It is not just about aesthetics but the development of your child’s mouth and overall oral health. If you do not see a registered orthodontist, you could fall into a bad cycle of continuous treatment or settling for an unsuccessful result.
Am I seeing a specialist or not?
It’s easy to assume that when someone is offering orthodontic services that they are a qualified orthodontist. This is unfortunately not the case. There is no law in place that states how many years of studying and what training you have to complete in order to practice orthodontics. Therefore there are general dentists offering unsupported orthodontic services.
Remember, only a specialist has studied an additional 3 – 4 years of orthodontics after completing general dentistry, no less. Check if your practitioner is a registered member of SASO by using our finder tool so that you can be confident that the person in charge of your mouth is a registered orthodontic specialist.