What Does an Orthodontist Do?

Orthodontist, Dr. Jay Zuroff, standing with family in Kennewick, WA

If you’re researching ways to straighten your teeth, you already know that orthodontics includes much more than just metal braces.

But what exactly does an orthodontist do, and what are the treatment options?

At Zuroff Orthodontic Care, we believe everyone should have a smile they feel great in, so we’ll help you get a better understanding of what an orthodontist does.

What does an orthodontist do?

An orthodontist helps patients get a straighter, healthier, and more beautiful smile by diagnosing and treating teeth and jaw alignment problems.

Orthodontics is a specialty in dentistry and requires extra schooling and training. An orthodontist first graduates from dental school (just like a general dentist) and then receives additional education in the specialty. This extra schooling makes it possible for an orthodontist to treat minor and complex alignment issues.

Orthodontics can fix:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Crossbites, overbites, and underbites

Additionally, orthodontists never stop learning with continuing education to provide the best treatments available.

What most people don’t realize is how customized each treatment is.

Each person, face, and smile is unique. So their teeth straightening system should be just as unique.

For patients younger and older, orthodontists help craft their perfect smiles with customized treatment plans. This may include braces, aligners, or more.

Let’s go over the many services offered:

Monitoring appointments: As young as age 7, an orthodontist monitors and analyzes jaw development, the bite, speech impediments, and thumbsucking. This helps determine if treatment is necessary and when it might be best to proceed.

Braces: Orthodontists offer metal braces and clear ceramic braces to straighten teeth and adjust the bite. These are great for all ages – children, teens, and adults.

Invisalign: These clear aligner trays are used to shift teeth without anyone noticing. This option lets you straighten your teeth without affecting your lifestyle and is ideal for teens and adults.

Surgical orthodontics: Some cases require orthodontic surgery in addition to braces. This helps teeth stay in their proper position and helps create a successful outcome long term.

Treatments for adolescents: An orthodontist takes a conservative approach for young patients, and helps them get a head start to a healthy and beautiful smile. Several options are available for children, from space maintenance to full treatment plans.

Retainers: To help maintain your beautiful and straight smile, orthodontists offer new retainers and replacements.

As you can see, orthodontists do much more than just metal braces. And in addition to the above, they offer treatment options for jaw pain, headaches, and teeth grinding.

Looking for an orthodontist in the Tri-Cities?

You deserve to love your smile and be eager to show it off.

But if you’re not there just yet, then an orthodontist can help you achieve your perfect smile.

Imagine what life would be like if you had a straighter smile…

Benefits of straight teeth include:

  • Better oral health
  • Easier brushing and flossing
  • Improved appearance
  • Higher self-esteem

While you’re beautiful inside and out, you shouldn’t settle for misaligned teeth with the technology we have today.

Orthodontic treatments are faster and more effective than ever, with many different options to choose from with easy maintenance.

Dr. Jay Zuroff and the Zuroff Orthodontic Care team are here to help you get your best smile without the hassle.

We make it easy. At the first appointment, we’ll discuss your smile goals and answer any questions you have.

From there, we’ll scan your mouth and examine your smile. Then we give you all the information you need about treatment options (like Damon vs. traditional braces, Invisalign vs. braces, etc.) so you make an informed decision before investing in your smile.

The services we offer include:

Schedule your free consultation today:

We serve the Tri-Cities (Richland, Pasco, and Kennewick… opens in a new window to Google Maps…), and look forward to helping you achieve your dream smile.

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