How to Choose an Orthodontist

What You Must Know Before Choosing Your Family's Orthodontist

Orthodontics today can do far more than just straighten teeth. Sculpting a beautiful smile requires an enormous attention to details that goes far beyond tooth alignment. I am Dr. Jeffrey Resnick. My passion is not to simply straighten teeth, but rather to create a smile which increases confidence, self-esteem, attractiveness, happiness, and even fun for children and adults. I truly believe my orthodontic treatment creates life-long advantages and opportunities for my patients.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children should have an orthodontic evaluation by age seven. An experienced orthodontist can clearly see by age seven whether developmental issues can turn into problems. Early detection of common orthodontic problems such as crowding, premature loss of baby teeth, cross bite or many other unfavorable developmental issues can lead to the implementation of the most appropriate treatment, which can result in a shorter course of therapy that is less painful for the patient.

Frequently, no early intervention will be necessary, except careful monitoring of your child’s dental development. This will give you peace of mind when it is not clear to you whether an issue you see is really a problem or just a stage of development that doesn’t require intervention.

At the time of their initial orthodontic evaluation, many children will not benefit from early orthodontic intervention, yet will benefit when they are older. Dr. Resnick places many children on a suitably timed observation program to monitor their development and begin orthodontic treatment later. Rest assured that Dr. Resnick will wait until treatment should be started to make the treatment as quick, simple, comfortable, and inexpensive as possible.

Although orthodontic treatment is possible at any age, there is an ideal time when the most conservative techniques will produce the best results. And the orthodontist is specifically trained to determine this ideal time. Skeletal (jaw size) discrepancy treatment must be initiated while there is enough growth remaining, otherwise, compromises and compensations will be needed. Crowding is usually a result of narrow jaws and early orthopedic expansion can create more room for tooth alignment and a broader smile. This is why early evaluation is advised.

Orthodontists are experts in dental and facial development. An orthodontist is a dental specialist who after graduating from dental school, completes additional full-time university-based education in an accredited orthodontic residency program supervised by orthodontic experts. Specialty training requires two to three additional academic years and admission is extremely competitive. Mastering the physics of tooth movement and understanding the biology of facial development and guidance, orthodontists are specifically educated experts in dentistry to straighten teeth and align jaws.

Orthodontists limit their practices to orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. This means that orthodontic treatment is what they do, and all they do. Selecting an orthodontist who is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) is your assurance that you have chosen an orthodontist with at least two to three years of advanced specialty education in orthodontics in a university-based program accredited by the American Dental Association.

There are many, many details that go into selecting an orthodontic office. Look closely at the details and ask yourself:

  • Who addresses the details for you both professionally and in support service?
  • What is the atmosphere you sense when visiting the office?
  • Were you treated the way you would choose to be treated?
  • Did you walk away understanding the process?

We are very confident about what you will discover at Resnick Orthodontics and we encourage you to find out for yourself.

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