What Is An Orthodontist?

Orthodontics in Atlanta & Marietta, GA

At Smile Studio our goal is to provide the highest quality orthodontic care and treatment from the most qualified professionals available throughout Fairburn, Powder Springs, Lovejoy and surrounding areas of Georgia.

Many people believe a dentist and orthodontist are the same thing but that’s not quite the case. The two professional titles certainly have some similarities, and they do work together, but orthodontics is a specific type of dental care. An orthodontist is a specialist that treats certain types of dental problems.

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What Does An Orthodontist Do?

Orthodontics in Atlanta & Marietta, GAAn orthodontist such as Dr. Venn is a fully qualified dentist who takes on an additional 2-3 years of orthodontic schooling and gains extensive clinical experience in an orthodontic residency program. The American Association of Orthodontists is the overseeing body for this branch of elite dentistry.

The most important job for an orthodontist is identifying, treating, and preventing issues with your teeth and mouth. Orthodontists are experts at treating misaligned or overcrowded teeth, as well as bite problems (malocclusions). Malocclusions can also result when the upper and lower jaws don’t fit together properly, whether from premature loss of baby teeth, developmental abnormalities, trauma, or other causes.

Orthodontic Treatment

If you suffer from any of the following issues, you may be a candidate for orthodontic treatment:

Overbite where the upper front teeth stick out over the lower teeth
Underbite where the lower teeth are too far forward or the upper teeth too far back
Cross bite when the upper teeth do not come down slightly in front of the lower teeth when biting together normally
Open bite space between the biting surfaces of the front and/or side teeth when the back teeth bite together
Misplaced midline when the center of your upper front teeth does not line up with the center of your lower front teeth
Spacing gaps between the teeth as a result of missing teeth or teeth that do not “fill up” the mouth
Crowding when there are too many teeth for the dental ridge to accommodate

Types of Treatments

  • Traditional Braces – made from a high-grade stainless steel with metal brackets and archwires, which put pressure on teeth to move slowly into the correct position.
  • Clear braces – work in the same way as traditional braces, but the brackets are made from a clear, transparent ceramic material.
  • Invisalign – custom-made removable clear aligners that are virtually invisible and work in increments.
  • Invisalign Teen – clear aligners that are removable and virtually invisible to ensure you still enjoy your favorite foods and social events.

Reasons to Visit An Orthodontist in Powder Springs GA

  1. Achieving a healthy smile – a healthy smile not only looks good, but can also offer benefits such as increasing chewing functionality and improving speech
  2. Boosting confidence – a beautiful smile can provide a dramatic boost in self esteem.
  3. Starting on the right path – children can avoid and prevent arising problems when seen at the right age.
  4. Preventing future problems – when untreated, many orthodontic issues can become worse over time.

If you or someone you know is in need of orthodontic care or looking to visit with an orthodontist and located in Powder Springs,  Fairburn, Lovejoy, Atlanta, or surrounding areas of Georgia please contact us today to take a step in the right direction and schedule a visit. Call now 770-892-3833.


How Does an Orthodontist Differ From a Dentist?

Orthodontics in Atlanta & Marietta, GA

Dr. Leroy Venn of Atlanta Smile Studio has some tips to help patients in the 30250 zip code area to distinguish between a dentist and an orthodontist. The difference between an orthodontist and a dentist may be indistinguishable to some people. Something that many folks don’t know is that all orthodontists can be dentists, but not all dentists can be orthodontists. They are both certified oral health care professionals, treat and maintain the health of your teeth and gums, and have the education and experience to be called doctors. In these areas, they are quite comparable. However, there are more differences than similarities.

What’s the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?

All orthodontists require further schooling and more experience in their specialty (orthodontics) beyond their dental school training. A similar example would be if a medical doctor elects to take special training to become a surgeon. So, if a dentist has a patient with a dental malocclusion, they will refer them to an orthodontist for treatment.

What services do they provide?

Braces

One of the main treatment approaches orthodontists use to align and straighten teeth are traditional metal braces. Traditional braces are comprised of brackets, wires, and bands that straighten your teeth and which are continually tightened over a prescribed amount of time. Dr. Leroy Venn also offer patients in the 30250 area treatment with other types of braces including light-colored ceramic braces (for patients who do not want their braces to be noticeable), gold braces, and even fun clear-colored bands for his youngest patients. Braces can also be indicated for patients with overbites, underbites, or overcrowded or gapped teeth. Braces are used by many patients to achieve a perfect-picture smile.

Space Maintainers

When baby teeth are lost earlier than normal, space fillers are used so that the neighboring teeth do not grow into the space meant for the adult tooth to grow into. These space maintainers are used to keep the gap open until more childhood teeth fall out and the adult teeth begin to grow in. Fixed space maintainers work with a band that is attached to one tooth and a wire that is extended across the gap to the tooth on the other side to stretch and keep the gap open.

Aligners

Aligners, like the Invisalign system, help to straighten and align teeth, and they are indicated in treating:

  • underbites
  • overbites
  • open bites
  • cross bites
  • crowded teeth

Aligners like Invisalign are clear plastic trays that fit around your teeth and apply consistent pressure to straighten your teeth and contribute to your perfect smile.

Jaw Repositioning Appliances

Jaw repositioning appliances, sometimes called splints, are used to adjust either the upper or the lower jaw so that the whole jaw structure performs more naturally. Most often, this appliance is prescribed for patients with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).

Lip and Cheek Bumpers

Sometimes, patient’s lips and cheeks can put pressure on their teeth and cause pain or discomfort. Atlanta Smile Studio recommends lip and cheek bumpers for these patients to help keep the lips and cheeks away from the teeth and thus reduce or eliminate the pressure, pain, or discomfort that the patient is experiencing.

Palatal Expander

A palatal expander is used to widen the curve of the upper jaw. It is a plastic tray which fits on the roof of the mouth and helps to better align the bones and joints in the mouth.

Removable Retainers

After orthodontic treatment with braces or Invisalign, using a retainer to keep the teeth from shifting back to their original positions is often indicated. Retainers are a plate that is placed on the roof of the mouth; a wire runs across the outside of the front teeth. Retainers may also be constructed as a plastic aligner. More often than not, these aligners are worn during the night.

Headgear

Headgear, usually, is a strap placed around the back of the head which is attached to a metal wire in the front of the mouth. Orthodontists prescribe headgear for patients who need to slow the growth of their jaw and to make sure that the patient’s teeth are in the right place and fit nicely within the jaw.

Any Questions?

Dr. Leroy Venn and the team at Atlanta Smile Studio can help answer any questions you might have about orthodontics in the 30250 zip code area. If you still have questions about the differences between dentistry and orthodontics, or to schedule an appointment, contact Atlanta Smile Studio today at: 770-892-3833