An orthodontist is a dental specialist in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Orthodontists must first attend college, followed by a four-year graduate dental program at a university level dental school accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA). They must then successfully complete an additional two to three-year residency program of advanced dental education in orthodontics accredited by the ADA. Only dentists who have successfully completed this advanced specialty education may become an orthodontist.
An orthodontist is a specialist in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. All orthodontist are dentists, but only about six percent of dentists are orthodontists. Admission to orthodontic programs is extremely competitive and selective. It takes many years to become an orthodontist. Be aware that there are many dentists who practice orthodontics exclusively without having completed accredited specialty programs through a college or university. Trust your smile to Dr. Timothy B. Elison DMD, MS and the team at Elison Orthodontics where you will receive the most professional care available.
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children be seen by an orthodontiic specialist by the age of seven. At times, early treatment is recommended in order to prevent drifting of erupting teeth and to correct the mis-matching of the bite. However, normal orthodontic treatment usually begins after the permanent teeth erupt. Orthodontics can be successful at any age.
Adults can and often receive orthodontic treatment at the same time as their children. More and more adults are turning to orthodontic treatment to correct a smile that has bothered them most of their lives. Today's smaller, less visible, more comfortable braces, plus the affordable payment plans that are available, make braces more appealing than ever to adults, too.
Orthodontics is more affordable in Utah than in many other areas of the country. The actual cost of treatment depends on several factors, including the severity of the patient's problem and the treatment approach selected. You will be able to thoroughly discuss fees and payment options before any treatment begins. We offer convenient payment plans to our patients. Generally, treatment fees may be paid over the course of active treatment. Insurance plans or other employer-sponsored payment programs, such as direct reimbursement plans, may be helpful.
The time of treatment usually ranges from one to two years. Early treatment procedures may take only a few months. The actual time depends on the growth of the patient's mouth and face, the cooperation of the patient and the severity of the problem. Mild problems usually require less time, and some individuals respond faster to treatment than others.
Dr. Elison has completed 27 months of advanced education required by the ADA and AAO to be licensed as an orthodontic specialist.
Most malocclusions are inherited, and some are acquired. Inherited problems include crowding of teeth, too much space between teeth, extra teeth, congenitally missing teeth, and a wide range of discrepancies of the jaws, teeth, and face. Acquired problems can be caused by trauma, thumb or finger sucking, airway obstruction by tonsils and adenoids, dental diseases, and premature loss of baby or adult teeth. Many of these problems affect not only the alignment of teeth but also facial development and appearance as well.
It is usually difficult for you to determine if treatment is necessary because there are many problems that can occur even though the front teeth look straight. Also, there are some problems that look intimidating and complex which will resolve on their own. Asking your general dentist is a good reference, but we are your best resource since orthodontics is all we do. Our initial exam is comprehensive and informative, and we would be more than happy to see your child and make any recommendations necessary.
Orthodontic treatment has improved dramatically. As a rule, braces make your teeth tender and sore for a few days, but it is not painful. This annoyance can be relieved with an over-the-counter analgesic. Today’s braces are more comfortable and use technology that reduces the discomfort. We use the latest in biocompatible braces, the advanced technique with light force and the highest quality of orthodontic materials, in order to reduce discomfort and treatment time.