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What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in straightening teeth. It’s one of the dental specialties duly recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA).

Orthodontics involves the diagnosis, prevention, and correction of malocclusion (misalignment of the teeth). Malocclusion can be the result of:

  • Genetics
  • Early childhood trauma
  • Developmental irregularities
  • Diseases like scurvy, osteoporosis, etc.

Orthodontists specialize in correcting teeth that are out of position. This is done through:

  • Corrective braces
  • Lingual braces
  • Orthodontic appliances

Orthodontists also treat a wide range of other conditions including:

  • Missing teeth
  • Gummy smiles
  • Worn down teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crowding
  • Cross bites

Orthodontists are trained to work with a variety of materials and techniques. Examples of these materials and techniques include:

  • Bonding
  • Composite resins
  • Molar tubes
  • Clear aligners
  • Other complex treatments

What Does an Orthodontist Do?

An orthodontist is a person who specializes in orthodontics. They treat and diagnose people who need teeth straightened.

Orthodontists are specialists in:

  • Correcting misaligned teeth
  • Evaluating and correcting jaw alignment
  • Creating effective braces
  • Designing custom orthodontic appliances
  • Developing new orthodontic techniques

Orthodontists are also known for their advanced knowledge and skills in:

  • Facial recognition
  • Handling complex cases
  • Teeth movement
  • Teeth grinding

Types of Orthodontists

There are two types of orthodontists:

  • General dentists with orthodontic training
  • Specialists who have additional training in orthodontics

General dentists with orthodontic training

General dentists with orthodontic training are also called “general orthodontists”. They have the same training as general dentists. They just have additional training in orthodontics.

Specialists who have additional training in orthodontics

Specialists who have additional training in orthodontics are called “specialists with orthodontic training”. They are certified by the American Board of Orthodontics.

Training & Certification

Orthodontists must complete a minimum of 5 years of dental school. They must then complete 3 years of advanced training. This includes the following:

  1. 2 years of residency training
  2. 1 year of post-graduate training

Orthodontists are certified by the American Board of Orthodontics. They have to pass a certification exam after the completion of their residency.

6 Reasons to See an Orthodontist

An orthodontist can correct malocclusion (misalignment of the teeth) and treat other conditions like gummy smiles, worn-down teeth, overbites, underbites, cross bites, and crowded teeth.

Here are the procedures and treatments only orthodontists can do:

  1. Braces

Braces are devices that straighten teeth. There are two main types:

Fixed braces

Removable braces

  1. Invisalign

Invisalign is a removable orthodontic appliance that’s invisible.

It’s usually used to correct mild to moderate misalignments.

  1. Lingual braces

Lingual braces are bonded to the back of the teeth.

They are used to correct malocclusion (misalignment of the teeth) when traditional braces don’t work.

  1. Molar tubes

Molar tubes are small, flexible devices that help correct cross bites.

  1. Teeth bonding

Teeth bonding is a procedure that’s used to improve the appearance of your teeth.

  1. Teeth grinding

Teeth grinding is a condition in which teeth are worn down from excessive clenching or grinding.

This often results in tooth decay and sensitivity.

Need to know


  • Regular appointments are needed every 6 to 8 weeks while you have braces
  • The first consultation visit will include exams, x-rays, photographs and potentially moulds
  • The next visit is where your braces are glued onto your teeth surfaces
  • Once your braces are on, the wires will be adjusted every 6 to 8 weeks to make sure your teeth are moving into the correct position
  • Once your braces have done their job they are removed
  • You will likely continue to have regular appointments after the removal of your braces to check your progress
  • Additional appointments may be needed if you have problems with your braces

How long it takes

The total length of time braces are on for depends on the person.. On average braces will be on for 2 years, in some cases this will be shorter or longer.

  • How long you have braces on for depends on your teeth and situation
  • On average braces will be on for 2 years, although in some cases this can be shorter or longer
  • The consultation visit will usually take around 60 minutes
  • Getting your braces will usually take around 60 minutes
  • The regular 6 to 8 week appointments usually take around 15 to 30 minutes
  • Removal of your braces will usually take at least 60 minutes

You may be asked about

  • Your dental history and medical history
  • Your oral health care routine

Before your appointment

  • No special preparation needed

After your appointment

  • You will need to follow the home care routine recommended by your orthodontist specialist
  • After your braces are removed, you will need to use the retainer or removable plate custom-made for you 

Quick tip

Follow the care instructions provided by your orthodontist specialist. Try to avoid overly hard to sticky foods so they don’t get stuck in your braces.