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Orthodotists can give you your best smile
"Only an orthodontist has the training, the experience, and the treatment options to give you your best smile."
Do it yourself treatments can cause lasting damage. Whether you're considering clear aligners or traditional braces, only seek treatment under the direct supervision of an AAO Orthodontist. Good Morning America reports on potential consequences of the practice.
What's the Difference Between a Dentist and an Orthodontist?
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**Information on Dentists taken from ADA website
"All orthodontists are dentists, but only 6 percent of dentists are orthodontists."

Consumer Alert

Consumers Cautioned about "DIY" Orthodontic Treatment

The American Association of Orthodontists is urging consumers to beware of Internet videos and websites which encourage people to try and straighten their own teeth. Moving teeth is a medical procedure and needs personal supervision by an orthodontist. Please be wary of any suggestions to move teeth with rubber bands, dental floss, or other objects ordered on the Internet. Moving teeth without a thorough examination of the overall health of the teeth and gums could result in the permanent loss of teeth, which may result in expensive and lifelong dental problems. Orthodontists receive two to three years of specialized education beyond dental school and are specialists in straightening teeth and aligning the bite.

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"What makes me smile? Knowing I'm in the hands of a AAO orthodontic specialist."
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Why Orthodontics?

Everyone wants a great smile, and your orthodontist is a specialist in making your smile the best it can be. Straight teeth not only look good, they also give you a good bite. Your upper and lower teeth fit together the way they should, so it's easier to bite, chew, and speak.

A great smile helps you feel better and more confident. It can literally change how people see you - at work and in your personal life. To see how much better your smile can be, consider asking these questions, and then find an orthodontist near you.