Orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry. The dental specialists who are educated and trained to correct misaligned teeth and improper bite patterns are known as orthodontists.
Your dentist and your orthodontist both have very important, but very different, roles to play in your wellness and treatment. More information is available at http://straighttrooth.com/about/.
Accredited orthodontists, like Dr. Snead, have earned their dentistry degree and completed an advanced post-doctoral course, accredited by the American Dental Association, of at least two academic years in the specialty of orthodontics.
During orthodontic treatment, teeth, and sometimes entire facial structures, are permanently changed. Therefore it is important to have the treatment appropriately and properly completed by an orthodontist. Orthodontists have extensive and specialized training that enables them to provide their patients with professional, personalized treatments beyond what can be done by a general dentist.
Members of the American Association of Orthodontists, like Dr. Snead, must be accredited orthodontists.
By choosing an orthodontist that is an AAO member, you are ensuring that your orthodontist has completed an advanced post-doctoral course of at least two academic years in the specialty of orthodontics.