Why see a Specialist?

Dr. Garvey - OperatingDo you really need to see a specialist in orthodontics? First, what is a specialist? A specialist is a person who concentrates primarily on a particular subject or activity, a person highly skilled in a specific and restricted field.

An orthodontist is a general dentist with advanced education in orthodontics. They are qualified in the treatment of irregularities in the teeth (especially of alignment and occlusion) and jaws, including the use of braces. The American Dental Association requires orthodontists to have at least 2 years of post-doctoral, advanced specialty training in orthodontics from an accredited program after graduation from dental school. The training lasts at least two to three academic years sometimes more. A specialist can also diagnose more accurately and quickly. They are experts uniquely qualified to correct “bad bites”.

A general dentist can practice orthodontics or braces, but they cannot say they are specialists or orthodontists. Their extra training only consists of short courses in orthodontic diagnosis and treatment. A general dentist is a person qualified to treat the diseases and conditions that affect the teeth and gums especially the repair and extraction of teeth.

The overwhelming majority of cases would benefit from the services of an orthodontic specialist (ORTHODONTIST) who has specialized education beyond dental school and more experience to customize the latest treatment techniques to attain the most optimal result in treatment. Dr. Garvey recommends his patients to continue their regular 6 month cleaning appointments with their general dentist.