General dentists are highly trained to spot many different problems in the mouth, like decay and problems with teeth roots. They are also trained to perform many procedures to fix these issues. But additional orthodontic training is needed to be able to give the best advice and treatment to patients with crowding, spacing and bite issues.

orthodontist versus dentistA family doctor will not perform specialized procedures for your heart, skin or joints. He will give you advice and recommend a specialist trained in that specific area of medicine to give you a further diagnosis and specialized treatment. The human body is so intricate that the medical world must have hundreds of sub-specialty fields and training to best treat the variety of issues that can arise.

This is true with oral health as well. In addition to dental school, orthodontists receive many years of special training to deal with crowding of the teeth, and to align teeth in a healthy way. Because of this special training and study, orthodontists can provide the most accurate, specialized treatment for patients, with the quickest treatment time. Being able to focus on this one aspect of oral health allows orthodontists to develop expertise that other dental professionals can’t.

Orthodontists, Dr. Berg included, are well educated in how your teeth, jaws and facial muscles work together. Examining your mouth with this additional knowledge can lead to a better diagnosis of what is going on in the mechanics of your bite, and how to fix any issues there may be.

There are many dentists who offer orthodontic care, who haven’t undergone the years of additional training that a member of the American Association of Orthodontists has. Whether it’s braces or Invisalign, additional training can have a dramatic effect on the outcome of treatment for you or your child. You should always trust your smile to an orthodontic specialist.