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TIMING FOR A CONSULTATION
According to the recommendations of the American Association of Orthodontists, the first orthodontic visit should be around the age of 7. At an early age, we can monitor permanent tooth eruption and guide the growth of the jaws. An early consultation can help avoid jaw surgery or extractions that would have been necessary in some cases.
Orthodontics can improve or correct:
A narrow palate
A smile that shows too much gums
Front teeth that do not touch
Lips that do not close completely
Also, the alignment of teeth facilitates dental hygiene, which is favorable for the prevention of caries, gum disease and dental trauma.
An orthodontist specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of jaw growth abnormalities, as well as tooth malposition.
In order to obtain the title of orthodontist, you must first become a dentist by completing a university degree over the course of 4-5 years. Subsequently, a dentist can specialize in the field of orthodontics by completing a 3-year residency program. During this period, all orthodontic candidates must write a Master’s thesis in orthodontics, complete a rigorous clinical and theoretical training program, as well as pass the Royal College of Dentists’ National Dental Specialty Examination.