About Our Specialty

What is an Orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a highly trained specialist who has completed two to three years of advanced training in his specialty in an accredited, full time orthodontic program after graduating from dental school. This training enables the orthodontist to be expert not only in straightening teeth but also in bite alignment, growth guidance, facial development and management of joint disorders.

What makes an orthodontist different from a dentist?

Orthodontists are dentists first but they have undergone at least two years of post doctoral advanced specialty training in orthodontics in an accredited program. An orthodontist is a specialist, uniquely qualified to move teeth safely, help jaws develop properly, manage changing facial growth patterns, and correct bad bites. He does this all day, every day.

Why should you choose an orthodontic specialist?

Teeth and sometimes entire facial structures are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment. It is very important that the treatment be appropriate and properly completed. Dr. Wyatt and Dr. Flint graduated from dental school and elected to complete two additional years of specialty training following dental school to become orthodontists. They is certified by the American Association of Orthodontists, the only certifying organization recognized by The American Dental Association.

Why is orthodontics important?

Orthodontics can boost a person’s self image as the teeth, jaws and lips become properly aligned. An attractive smile may have a significant influence on future success. However, alleviating or preventing physical health problems is just as important.
Orthodontic problems left untreated, may lead to tooth decay, dental bone loss, and chewing and digestive disorders. In addition, a bad bite can contribute to speech problems, tooth loss, chipped teeth and other dental injuries.

When should my child first see an orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child should see an orthodontist no later than 7 years of age. Many orthodontic problems are easier to correct if detected early rather than waiting until jaw growth has slowed or is over. Early treatment may mean a patient can avoid extractions of permanent teeth or jaw surgery later in life. This type of treatment is called “Interceptive Orthodontics” because the orthodontist intercepts problems before they get worse.