Orthodontist

Becoming an Orthodontist

Dentistry is a wide branch of extensive dental, oral, and facial specialties. Be it a general dentist or an orthodontist, both receive broad practice, diagnosing knowledge, education, and ample training over many treatments for several oral health problems. 

However, an orthodontist specializes further to perform special surgeries and treatments for specific oral health conditions and problems that general dentists don’t. Despite this, a general dentist is the one who might recommend you see an orthodontist in the first place.

Did you know that dentists, nearly 80%, receive education and practice of what is general dentistry? According to the AAO (American Association of Orthodontics), orthodontists specialize and perform treatments such as jaw/tooth alignment, braces, and so on.

What Does an Orthodontist Do?

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Orthodontists are oral health doctors that treat certain specific and chronic dental conditions with specialty. Their expertise pertains to the gums, teeth, and mouth.

However, their main goal is to focus on the alignment of your jaw and teeth. Here’s what an orthodontist treats and performs:

  • Facial Growth Supervision, especially in children
  • Bite Problems and Corrections (overbite, underbite, crossbite, overjet, etc.)
  • Malocclusion (wide misalignment of the jaw and/or teeth)
  • Teeth-straightening surgeries
  • Braces and retainer treatments
  • Dental appliances such as orthodontic headgear, palatal expanders, and Herbst appliances

Orthodontists- Education and Training

Most of the dentistry education is similar for general dentists and orthodontists but practice in orthodontics requires additional certification. Normally, future dentists start with studying pre-medical and pre-dentistry courses in college. However, the undergraduate program before opting for a dental school does not require specific sets of courses for study.

According to AAO, there are no specific undergraduate majors for future-orthodontics to study. Instead, they can go for normal prerequisites such as chemistry and biology to increase their awareness for dental and medical schools. Moreover, some college students work with pre-dental societies or even volunteer in clinics.

Consequently, they enroll in dental schools where they spend two years learning in the labs and classroom. In the next and final two years, they practice with patients while under the guidance of experienced supervision.

Similarly, dental school students choose specialties and fields on their preference after completing dental school. Following that, they complete a two to three years of residency program after which they pass a certification test from the board of experienced and associated orthodontics.

Finally, they cover further educational specialties and fields to ensure adequate training years, knowledge, and certification to move into practice. AAO suggests that orthodontists can move into practice as soon as their additional certification exams complete.

Career Scope and Report

Regardless of the competitiveness and hard work in becoming an orthodontist, there are fruitful rewards for the orthodontists and their patients alike. As the American Association of Orthodontics suggests, orthodontic residency applicants cross the number of available positions.

In spite of that, becoming an orthodontist is more than rewarding in terms of finance and medical experience. Do you know that Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average annual earning of an orthodontist is around $200,000 USD?!

Conclusion

As orthodontics treats specific dental and oral problems, it is best to consider one if your general dentist is unable or recommends getting treatment from one. Here at Burke & Beckstrom Orthodontics, Dr. Burke and Dr. Beckstrom are professional and experienced orthodontics.

You can contact us through our official website and give us a call at the number active for your region today. Taking care of your mouth is the way to a bright and shiny smile.

Reference Links:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/adult-orthodontics/how-to-become-an-orthodontist

https://www.healthline.com/health/orthodontist-vs-dentist#orthodontic-treatments

https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/what-is-an-orthodontist

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The New Year is among us which means now is the perfect time to get the smile you’ve been after for so long. A visit to your local orthodontist is the best way to find out what options you have and how to go about making your smile sparkle for years to come.

 

Contrary to what many people believe, a trip to the orthodontist isn’t solely for the purpose of getting braces. In fact, an orthodontist can offer you dozens of other services that can benefit you in the long run.

 

Services You Can Get from an Orthodontist

 

Despite being good about brushing your teeth on a regular basis you might find yourself puzzled as to why your teeth still are not as white as you want them to be. It can be frustrating especially if you have tried other alternatives and nothing seems to be working. Luckily for you, one of the many services that an orthodontist offers is teeth whitening. Using gentle warming heat and a safe LED light in a closed system mouthpiece, the technology known as GLO is there to make your teeth as bright and healthy as possible.

 

If you wish you had straighter teeth but don’t want to go through the trouble of braces, say no more. The Invisalign may be right for you. Invisalign is a device similar to braces but doesn’t come with wires or brackets and is virtually invisible in your mouth. Not to mention it still does a fantastic job of straightening your teeth, and costs just as much as regular braces!

 

The best part about Invisalign is that it fixes crooked teeth in less time than traditional braces would and are even easier to keep clean. In order to get Invisalign, you must first consult your orthodontist to see what your best options are.

 

Get the Smile of Your Dreams While Staying Within Your Budget

 

Oftentimes people are hesitant to get work done on their teeth simply because of the fact that they believe they can’t afford it. But the truth is, many orthodontists will work with you to come up with payment plans that best suit your needs.

 

Financing options are always available for all services whether they be braces or teeth whitening services. Monthly payments will always be affordable so that you don’t have to worry about falling behind on your expenses.

 

If you’ve got insurance, many times the services you undergo are covered by them so that you have little to no out-of-pocket cost. When it comes to the health of your teeth, you should not settle for cheaper options that may not always be as effective as visiting a professional.

 

In Conclusion

 

If you’ve been waiting for a sign, this is it! Start your new year off right by booking an appointment with your local orthodontist to get started on getting your perfect smile. After everything you may have been through this last year, you certainly deserve it!

For those who are looking to improve their smile, there are a couple of big names that many patients ask about: Invisalign and Smile Direct Club. Both of these solutions advertise significant results and an affordable cost with not a lot of hassle. Many customers become curious about the efficacy of these products and what the differences are between them

 

How Does Smile Direct Club Work?

 

If you’ve seen any of Smile Direct Club’s many television commercials, the premise is pretty enticing. Get orthodontic treatments at home without having to visit an orthodontist. This works with an initial visit to one of their Smile Shops for scanning to get a 3D image of your current bite and smile. In the likely event that a Smile Shop is not near you, the company will send you an impression kit to allow you to provide the initial information from your home. With this data, a treatment plan is set up, which lasts for an average of about six months. The retainers are then sent to you directly based on this plan.

 

How Does Invisalign Work?

 

The mechanism of Invisalign is actually very similar to that of Smile Direct Club. The goal is to provide clear aligners that will move your teeth into a preferred alignment without the relative inconvenience of braces. However, instead of an at-home impression kit or a visit to one of the retail locations, the Invisalign treatment plan is overseen by your trusted orthodontist. Instead of a follow-up plan of new aligners being mailed to you, an Invisalign treatment involves professional oversight to ensure that everything is moving at the speed intended. While the process is similar, there are a few big differences.

 

What Are the Big Differences Between Invisalign and Smile Direct Club?

 

Smile Direct Club advertises itself as one of the most convenient ways to get orthodontics treatments. However, that convenience only comes if you happen to be near a Smile Shop (as they call them) in your vicinity. Otherwise, the company will have to send you an at-home impression kit, which can cause problems and a mess. In addition, the lack of an orthodontist overseeing the treatment directly can mean it’s a faceless person managing your treatment instead of someone that you know and trust.

 

While the mechanisms are similar between Invisalign and Smile Direct Club, there can be small details that make a big difference. Let us help you through your journey! Contact us now and let us help you gain the smile of your dreams!

Burke + Beckstrom Patient

Some people seem to believe that orthodontics treatments are purely cosmetic and only serve to generate a more beautiful smile. While a nice smile (and the positive self-esteem boost that goes along with it) is certainly a major benefit of orthodontics, looks are far from the only reason to undergo orthodontics treatments. In fact, straighter teeth have a wide range of health benefits and will greatly impact the quality of life you experience as a result. While some of these involve oral health, the impacts may be farther ranging than you expect.

 

Hygiene Routine is Easier with Straighter Teeth

 

The key to a good oral hygiene routine is the ability to clean all the nooks and crannies and space in between the teeth by brushing and flossing. When you are dealing with crooked or overlapping teeth, it can become immensely more difficult to properly clean your teeth. Without proper hygiene, you have a much higher plaque buildup, which can cause numerous problems, including bad breath and gum disease. Beyond oral health, there is also a correlation between plaque buildup and heart disease, so the health benefits are wide-ranging.

 

Your Daily Life Can Also Be Improved

 

There is also a major benefit to your quality of life by having straighter teeth. Poorly aligned teeth place added stress on the jawbone and gums that they aren’t properly prepared to handle. This additional wear and tear on these essential support structures actually can cause chronic headaches, as well as overall face or neck pain. In addition, the adjustments you make to eating food with the out-of-alignment teeth can exacerbate this strain and pain. There are substantial and noticeable benefits to your everyday life that come with having straighter teeth.

 

Don’t Underestimate the Benefits of Self-Esteem

 

As mentioned before, orthodontics treatment will give you a nicer looking smile – and that is more than cosmetic. Often, with a nicer smile, you can notice a boost in confidence and self-esteem, both of which can have positive personal and health benefits. A boost in these factors will generally include a somewhat decreased stress or anxiety level. When stress levels are lowered, there are various stress-related conditions that benefit, including cardiovascular health. So, while it may not be a direct effect of the orthodontics treatment, the move to straighter teeth can have wide-ranging effects.

 

Appearances are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the many reasons to get orthodontics treatment. The health benefits to straighter teeth are concrete, noticeable, and absolutely worthwhile.

 

We look forward to serving you! Contact us to get your appointment scheduled and begin your journey to a more confident smile.

healthy smile

There is no doubt that the coronavirus pandemic has changed life for a while, in more ways than we can count. While we will certainly get through this and come out stronger on the other side (we always have, after all), there are a lot of things that we need to adjust to. On the advice of the CDC, the American Dental Association, and the American Association of Orthodontics, our offices are temporarily closed. However, that doesn’t mean that your smile simply has to fall by the wayside during this time. There are still ways to keep your smile as healthy as possible in the face of this current situation.

 

Don’t Fall Back On Hygiene

 

In the face of stress, often self-care is one of the things that can fall by the wayside. However, in order to protect your smile, it is imperative to continue your regular hygiene routine. That means flossing daily, brushing multiple times per day and avoiding high amounts of foods that are problematic for your teeth. This is true for everyone, but especially if you are in the middle of an orthodontic treatment, like braces, do your best to stick to your food list. This way we can stay on track for the treatment to be completed.

 

Make Minor Fixes At Home

 

Orthodontics hardware naturally requires some maintenance over time. While our offices are closed, minor fixes can be made or alleviated at home using orthodontic wax. For minor issues like a broken brace or wire, this solution should suffice. If your supply of wax is running low, you should be able to purchase some online, and some pharmacies will carry it in-store as well. For minor issues, we will be ready to fix them as soon as we are able to reopen our office and provide service.

 

Follow All Instructions

 

Depending on what stage of the orthodontics process you are in, you probably have instructions from your orthodontist, whether it be regarding elastics, a retainer, or an expander. Be sure to follow the instructions provided at your last appointment. In the case of elastics, continue to use as instructed as the risk of overcorrection is minor. If you run out of elastics, please don’t substitute with any other elastics! These are not designed for orthodontics use, and their differing force may cause more problems than not. Following the guidelines as close as you are able will ensure that your smile stays on track to look and feel amazing when the pandemic has passed.

 

These tips will help keep your smile in tip-top shape while the pandemic is occurring and should keep you able to handle any minor issues. If pain, discomfort, or bleeding becomes more than minor, please seek out medical attention to ensure that you receive any needed care. We look forward to treating you again as soon as our offices are open!

 

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Teeth. There’s up 32 of them in the average smile. And yes… you probably do take them for granted.

 

For many of us, the idea of keeping our teeth straight and perfect tends to be something we experience primarily in our youth when alignment needs the most encouragement. It’s not that we ignore dental hygiene altogether once we reach a certain age. It’s just that we consider a perfectly straight smile to be practically impossible.

 

But it is possible, whether you’re 12, 27 or even in your late fifties. Now more than ever, trends and innovations in dental care have become accessible, cost effective and virtually painless. In fact, one out of every four orthodontic patients in the U.S. is an adult. And if you’re concerned about how orthodontic procedures can affect you as an adult, here are some things to consider.

 

What Are The Hygienic Results I Can Expect From Orthodontic Procedures?

 

  • Healthier teeth and gums that are easier to clean without resorting to expensive whitening surgeries and solutions.
  • A healthier jaw, with less worry about degenerative diseases or conditions like TMJ and even constant headaches.
  • Less risk of a host of sleeping problems from snoring to teeth grinding… and even sleep apnea.
  • A boost in your confidence, trust and self esteem!

 

Are Braces Right For Me?

 

If you have an overbite, underbite, crooked teeth or even a malady as severe as a jaw disorder, you may wonder whether or not braces are right for you. The answer is a resounding yes!

 

No matter what your age is, the process of straightening your smile with braces is exactly the same. You’re moving your teeth in line to become more even and aligned, even if you’ve already had dental implants. And the result can be a smile that’s as vital, fresh and pleasant as you are.

 

What About Other Alignment Methods?

 

You don’t necessarily have to rely on seemingly long term solutions like braces to help get a perfect smile. Custom molded alignment trays are becoming increasingly popular with millions of Americans, with the added benefit that they can slip on and off without being noticed. The shift in your smile may be just as gradual; but if you’re concerned about the appearance of traditional metal braces, ceramic and even high quality plastic aligners like Invisalign® are an attractive and convenient alternative with all of the efficacy of braces and none of the self consciousness.

 

 

Ready to change the way you think about orthodontics? Smile forward with confidence and give us a call today at 435-673-3334!