A British-trained specialist orthodontist is a highly trained professional who has completed a five-year university dentistry degree course to obtain a dental qualification; then worked in various branches of dentistry to gain new skills, and a broad working knowledge and experience of its different fields; and then completed an approved intense three-year full-time university or hospital postgraduate orthodontic training programme to achieve higher qualifications in order to become a specialist in orthodontics.
The advanced training required in attaining a specialist status includes subjects such as growth and development, genetics, biomechanics and anatomy. There is also advanced clinical training in the diagnosis, treatment planning, design, application and control of corrective appliances or braces.
Although many general dental practitioners are legally able to provide simple treatments within the field of Orthodontics, they do not have the specialist knowledge or advanced training necessary to support complex or sophisticated treatments. They are also limited to carrying out very simple treatments often confined to the front of the mouth for aesthetics.
Specialist Orthodontists are the most highly trained experts in the field of orthodontics.
They are both on the Specialist Register of the General Dental Council; as well as being members of the British, European and American Associations of Orthodontics, and fellows of the World Federation of Orthodontists.
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that specialises in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of dental and dento-facial disabilities and abnormalities.
Orthodontic dentistry treats irregularities in teeth alignment; improves functioning of the jaws and teeth and also corrects the cosmetic and aesthetic aspect of the smile.
The technical term for orthodontic problems is “Malocclusion” which simply means to have a bad bite that may further deteriorate the teeth, jaws and smile.
The science of orthodontics is concerned with the genetic variation, development and growth of the facial tissues, and the way in which these factors influence the bite and alignment of the teeth, as well as the health of their associated structures and organs.
Professional Skill and Knowledge
Here at Elite Orthodontics, the practice of orthodontics is a specialty and requires professional skill in the diagnosis and identification of dental abnormality and facial disharmony in relation to the upper and lower jaws. We are also very experienced in the design, application and control of a wide range of corrective appliances or braces that can bring teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment, at the same time attaining facial balance for a lifetime of a beautiful and healthy smile.
Cosmetic improvements in personal appearance have been associated with greater mental and physical well-being. Creating a beautiful smile that has straight teeth through orthodontics is a reliable way of improving the health of your teeth as well as your self-esteem. There is also an added benefit of improving the chances of even greater social and career success as well as improvement one’s general attitude toward life.
It should not go unsaid that straighter teeth not only look good but they are also easier to clean and look after than crooked misaligned teeth, thus adding to the longevity of your dentition.
If left untreated, most types of misalignment of teeth, could lead to an improper bite, tooth wear, tooth injury and even tooth decay and gum disease. Crooked teeth could also lead to a decrease in one’s personal self-confidence. Treatment by a specialist orthodontist to correct the original problem is often less costly than the additional dental care required to treat more serious problems that can develop in later years.
In many cases, your orthodontist will need an opportunity for a careful and meticulous study of your mouth in order to arrive at a considered decision regarding your treatment plan.
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