An orthodontist is a specialist of the jaws and teeth, just as a cardiologist is a specialist of the heart. Orthodontists are dentists who receive two or three more years of specialized university-based education after they graduate dental school.

Orthodontists specialize in the diagnoses, treatment and prevention of tooth, jaw and facial irregularities.

For most people, a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of braces, but orthodontists are trained to also focus on the correct function of your bite.

A malocclusion, or bad bite, can cause serious problems over a lifetime if it is left untreated. Loss of tooth structure, TMJ problems and even bone loss can occur if a malocclusion is not corrected. The goal of an orthodontist is to align the teeth and jaw so that the teeth will last a lifetime. Good orthodontic care will eliminate future dental care.

When it comes to the challenges and complexities of orthodontic treatment, most people choose an orthodontic specialist for their family.

An orthodontist only practices orthodontics and treats several hundred cases a year. An orthodontist doesn’t clean teeth, fill cavities, extract teeth or perform any of the routine procedures offered by your general dentist. Orthodontists and general dentists work hand-in-hand, just as family doctors and medical specialist do, in order to provide top level diagnoses and treatment.

Dr. JAW orthodontic patients receive the best of both worlds, a beautiful smile and a healthy, well-functioning bite that will last a lifetime.