While your child’s teeth might appear to be straight, there may actually be a problem that needs to
be evaluated by an orthodontist If you recognize any of the following issues with your child, please
schedule a check-up with your local orthodontist. It may be one of the most important actions you
can take to ensure your child ‘s healthy and happy smile.
• Early or late loss of baby teeth
• Difficulty in chewing or biting
• Mouth breathing
• Jaws that shift or make sounds
• Speech difficulties
• Biting the cheek or the roof of the mouth
• Facial imbalance
• Grinding or clenching of the teeth
• Thumb or finger sucking
Orthodontists are specialists in straightening teeth and aligning your bite. They have two to three
years of education beyond dental school. So they’re experts at helping you and your child, get a great
smile-that feels great, too.
Go to www.mylifemysmile.org to find an orthodontist near you or ask your dentist for a referral.
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What is Orthodontist?
All orthodontists are dentists first. Out of 100 dental school graduates, only six go on to become orthodontists.
There are three steps in an orthodontist’s education: college, dental school and orthodontic residency
program. It can take 10 or more years of education after high school to become an orthodontist.
After completing college requirements, the prospective orthodontist attends dental school. Upon graduation, the future orthodontist must be accepted* as a student in an accredited orthodontic
residency program, then successfully complete a minimum of two academic years of study. The orthodontic student learns the skills required to manage tooth movement (orthodontics) and guide facial development (dentofacial orthopedics).
• Only those who have successfully completed this formal education may call themselves Morthodontists.”
• Orthodontists limit their scope of work to orthodontics only.**
• Orthodontists are uniquely qualified in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of orthodontic
problems. They dedicate their professional lives to creating healthy, beautiful smiles in children ,
teens and adults. Well-aligned teeth are more than attractive: they make it possible to bite,
chew and speak effectively. Orthodontic care is often part of a comprehensive oral health plan.
• Orthodontists use a variety of Mappliances,” including braces, clear aligner trays and retainers,
to move teeth or hold them in their new positions. Because of orthodontists’ advanced education
and clinical experience, they have the knowledge and skills necessary to recommend the best
kind of appliance to meet every individual patient’s treatment goals.
• Only orthodontists are eligible for membership in the American Association of Orthodontists.
*On average, there are about 15 applications for every opening.
**Unless they have also completed specialty education in another dental specialty recognized
by the American Dental Association.
~ 2015 American Association of Orthodontists