What is the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?

All orthodontists are dentists, but not all dentists are orthodontists.  In fact, only about six out of a hundred dentists have the proper training to be "orthodontists".

As a specialist in orthodontics, unlike general dentists who provide orthodontic care, Dr. Alexander and Dr. Hoffman are focused only on your orthodontic needs and have completed the residencies necessary to be licensed Orthodontists. 

What age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?  

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age seven. By this age, the six-year molars and several permanent teeth in most children have erupted allowing the doctors to effectively evaluate most developing orthodontic problems.

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