It is a common misconception that dentists and orthodontists are the same profession. Despite this, there is a big difference between what a dentist does, and what an orthodontist does. Orthodontia is a specialism a dentist can choose to go down, much like if a doctor wanted to specialise within a specific area, such as neurology. You may never have the need to visit the orthodontist, however, if you should need an appointment with one, it is best to have an understanding of who they are, and what they do. What is an orthodontist? An orthodontist is essentially a dentist which has chosen to specialise in jaw and teeth alignment. If you ever need to wear braces, the orthodontist is the person you will need to see. Orthodontists play an important role in fixing any issues with correcting teeth, and are able to give people confidence back into their smile. What do orthodontists do? If you are referred to an orthodontist by your dentist, it is due to there being a problem with your teeth. An orthodontist specialises in the re-alignment of teeth, so being referred will likely mean you need braces or other methods of teeth straightening. Braces are the most notable method for teeth straightening, and are commonly used by orthodontists for this purpose. Braces are effectively bands that wrap around your teeth, and are held in place through a series of brackets and a wire. This process does take a while, and you will require regular visits for them to be adjusted as your teeth move into the correct position. Overcrowding is another common problem which orthodontists are able to treat, this is where your teeth are not able to be pushed through in alignment due to a lack of jawbone. Orthodontists can also treat people for anteroposterior deviations, such as underbites or an overbite, which make it difficult to articulate sentences or chew your food. Finally, an orthodontist is able to treat aesthetic issues involved with your teeth, such as malocclusions. Orthodontists are able to realign the jaw bones and teeth to create a perfect smile. If you are worried about the way your teeth look, or need surgery such as a dental bridges or dental implants, be sure to contact Tamworth Dentists for a professional service, and look through our testimonials page to see what our patients have to say about us! We are sure you will agree that we are highly experienced and trusted Orthodontists in Tamworth.