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When can a dentist provide orthodontic treatment instead of an orthodontist?

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Many dentists have training in orthodontics. However, if more extensive orthodontic work is needed, it may be best to see an orthodontist. An orthodontist has two to three years of advanced orthodontic education and training beyond dental school. He or she specializes in straightening teeth, correcting misaligned bites, and jaw problems.

From: Children and Orthodontics WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Dental Association web site: "Braces and Orthodontics."

American Association of Orthodontists web site: "Myths and Facts;" "All About Orthodontics;" "Elastics;" "Keeping Your Smile Beautiful After Orthodontic Treatment;" "Getting into Gear: Orthodontic Headgear;" "Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs) for Predictable Tooth Movement;" "Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment;" and "When to See an Orthodontist."

Nemours Foundation web site: "Why do people need braces?" and "Affording Braces."

Aetna web site: "Orthodontics Braces and More."

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry web site: "Orthodontics and Clear Aligners."

Leon Aronson, DDS, MS, adjunct professor of orthodontics, Medical College of Georgia; Center for Advanced Dental Education, Saint Louis University; vice president, International College of Dentists.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on August 23, 2018

SOURCES:

American Dental Association web site: "Braces and Orthodontics."

American Association of Orthodontists web site: "Myths and Facts;" "All About Orthodontics;" "Elastics;" "Keeping Your Smile Beautiful After Orthodontic Treatment;" "Getting into Gear: Orthodontic Headgear;" "Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs) for Predictable Tooth Movement;" "Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment;" and "When to See an Orthodontist."

Nemours Foundation web site: "Why do people need braces?" and "Affording Braces."

Aetna web site: "Orthodontics Braces and More."

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry web site: "Orthodontics and Clear Aligners."

Leon Aronson, DDS, MS, adjunct professor of orthodontics, Medical College of Georgia; Center for Advanced Dental Education, Saint Louis University; vice president, International College of Dentists.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on August 23, 2018

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