Here at Jennings Orthodontics, we know you want the best for your family. That includes healthy teeth, a confident smile, and high-quality care! If you’ve been considering an orthodontic evaluation for you or your child, you may be wondering about the differences between your general dentist and an experienced orthodontist. There are a few reasons why you should trust your family’s smiles to an experienced orthodontist.
Education, training, and experience
While dentists and orthodontists both begin their careers in dental school, their paths diverge after graduation. General dentists go on to practice, while orthodontists like Dr. Jennings must complete two to three additional years of specialized training in an orthodontic residency. During their residency, orthodontists-in-training learn how to identify and treat misalignment of the teeth and jaws, as well as:
- Study the growth and maturation of a child’s mouth, teeth, and jaw
- Learn biomechanical techniques to reliably move the teeth with braces and appliances
- Develop their diagnostic skills
- Specifically and only provide orthodontic treatment as a resident to patients with the supervision of trained orthodontic faculty
- Complete their own research as well as be up to date on all existing and current orthodontic research
As you can see, there’s quite a lot that goes into becoming an orthodontist! While they are some of our favorite people and provide excellent dental and oral health care, general dentists do not possess the same level of orthodontic training and experience. That being said, all dentists will receive some very basic level of orthodontic training in dental school. Some dentists also attend continuing education seminars and workshops to brush up on their orthodontic knowledge.
The downside to this, of course, is that workshops and seminars are taught by other dentists that have not gone through an orthodontic residency program. They are also unable to cover the extensive material as the years of specialized training of an orthodontist, including consistent hands-on experience. Dentists with orthodontic experience will still lack the level of education and training as a skilled orthodontist.
Orthodontics is our focus
If you have a family dentist who offers orthodontic care, it’s understandable that you’d consider them as an option. After all, you’re already comfortable with them and their team, and most people prefer the familiar over the unknown. But before you move forward with orthodontic treatment by your dentist, you should consider the benefits of choosing an experienced orthodontist like Dr. Jennings. These include:
- A doctor who only performs orthodontics on every patient, every day, therefore is their only focus
- A customized treatment plan created just for you based on your unique needs, lifestyle, and desired results
- More efficient treatment options and visits, since orthodontics is their only focus
- The best possible outcome for your smile, especially if your case is complex or severe
At Jennings Orthodontics, we keep our focus on orthodontic care and treatment. Dr. Jennings performs teeth straightening procedures daily and is always working to perfect her technique. Our entire team also stays up-to-date on the latest in industry practices by regularly attending continuing education courses, whether in-person or online (much more common these days!). Both our Louisville and Mt. Washington offices are equipped with the most current orthodontic equipment, allowing us to provide patients with high-quality care and exceptional results!
Specialized care produces the best smiles
As the patient, you have the right to choose the healthcare provider you feel most comfortable with. But when it comes to the way your smile looks and feels, it makes sense to find an orthodontist who has specialized education and training in how to safely and effectively move your teeth. While some dentists can provide orthodontic services, Dr. Jennings has more than 15 years of experience in creating healthy, beautiful smiles.
Specialized orthodontic care can also help you avoid any unnecessary complications. Orthodontists are more likely to notice small things that a general dentist may overlook and will recommend the appropriate treatment plan for you based on these details. This can reduce treatment times and lessen the chance of any setbacks. Dr. Jennings will create a completely customized treatment plan that will be time-effective, affordable, and built around your unique smile.
Trust your family’s smiles to Jennings Orthodontics
If you’re looking for a positive, rewarding orthodontic experience, you’re in the right place! Our talented team offers the highest quality care, the latest treatments, and the most innovative technology. You can enjoy a welcoming environment and unmatched service from your first appointment to your last! And since our only specialty is orthodontics, we’re able to give our patients nothing but the best. Once you know all the facts, it’s easy to see why you should trust your family’s smiles to an experienced orthodontist.
When you schedule a FREE consultation with our office, you’ll receive a thorough evaluation by Dr. Jennings. Following this exam, we’ll provide you with a diagnosis and personalized treatment plan. Don’t worry—this is a no-pressure visit! Even if you decide not to start your orthodontic treatment right away, our team will be happy to answer any questions or address any concerns you have to help you make an informed decision.
Are you ready to take the first step in giving your family a lifetime of confident smiles? Contact our office today to schedule your FREE in-office or virtual consultation!