Young girl with braces and holding invisible aligners

Many people are still unsure about the distinction between orthodontics and general dentistry. It’s important to know that while both practices deal with teeth-related issues, the specific problems they deal with differ. For those still unsure about what orthodontists do and how they operate, we’re going to explain the basics here.

What Is an Orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a type of dentist that specializes in diagnosing, preventing, and treating structural issues. These structural problems can include misaligned or crooked teeth, teeth overcrowding, and jaw irregularities.

People are not always born with a naturally straight, perfectly placed set of teeth. Some individuals can even have bite irregularities. An overbite refers to when the top teeth overlap the bottom teeth to an abnormal degree. An underbite is when the bottom teeth protrude over the top teeth.

Problems of this nature can cause physical discomfort in patients and may also negatively influence personal confidence and self-esteem.

Dentistry deals more with the medical side of oral care, such a tooth decay, dental injuries, such as cracked, or broken teeth, fillings, and nerve-related dental issues.

What Kind of Training Do Orthodontists Receive?

As highly specialized practitioners, orthodontists undergo many years of rigorous training. This training involves field-specific education, supervised training, and examinations.

After obtaining a standard undergraduate degree, most typically in a scientific field, students are required to attend dental school for an additional four years. Afterward, they complete two to three more years in a residency program where they treat patients under supervision.

When their residency is complete they need to pass the National Board Dental Examination and obtain a license to practice. Their extensive education and training ensure that they are capable and highly competent in dealing with dental issues.

What Is Orthodontic Therapy?

The practice of orthodontists employs the use of fixed or removable dental appliances which realign teeth or jaw structure over a period of time. The timeframe required varies depending on the severity of the misalignment.

There are a few methods of treatment to choose from including traditional metal braces and invisible aligners therapy.

What to Expect from Orthodontic Treatment

Perhaps the reason for your visit is on the recommendation from your general practitioner or dentist. Or perhaps you’ve noticed some structural problems that you’re not happy with. If you’re planning to undergo treatment, it’s an advantage to know what to expect, even before your first visit. Orthodontic diagnosis and treatment usually involved the following steps.

Initial Exam

A comprehensive understanding of your treatment needs requires an examination. This includes taking photos of facial structure and checking for potential structural misalignment and overcrowding inside the mouth.

Dental X-rays

Digital X-rays allow us to see below the gum line and examine the bone structure. A series of panoramic x-rays help us better understand the overall structure of a patient’s jaw and alignment.

Dental Impressions

Impressions involve the use of a foam-like substance to create a mold of your teeth. This helps our orthodontists to have a real-life cast of your teeth. This enables us to create the perfect treatment plan and is paramount in designing the appliances to guide your teeth and jaw structure to the desired positioning.


Before treatment begins, we discuss the treatment plan with you. We work together to decide on the optimal treatment strategy. We discuss the entire process, the cost, the length of time it will take, how to care for your teeth during the treatment, and answer any questions you may have.

What are the Different Types of Orthodontic Therapy?

When considering orthodontic therapy, it’s wise to know what your options are. Every patient has different personal needs and preferences when it comes to what method to choose. Let’s have a look at the most popular methods today.

Traditional Metal Braces

This type of treatment typically involves the use of fixed metal, stainless steel brackets, and wires. In certain cases, elastic or rubber bands are facilitate the realignment of the patient’s teeth and jaws. This is a highly trusted method but perhaps the most visible out of all of the options.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are fundamentally similar to metal braces, aside from the fact that they are made of ceramic material which is a similar color to teeth. In this way, they are less visible and may not draw as much attention.

6 Month Smiles®

Our popular 6 Month Smiles® invisible aligners are state-of-the-art dental technology. They offer invisibility without compromising treatment results. The system employs the use of removable plastic aligners that gradually guide teeth to the desired alignment. It is often considered the most visually appealing method and for this reason, has risen in popularity.

What is Early Orthodontic Treatment?

While orthodontic therapy is suitable for individuals of all ages, targeting issues early on, with a focus on taking the appropriate preventative measures can avoid the need for complicated treatment or surgery later in life.

The Godley Station Dental team has competitive expertise in early orthodontic treatment. Our trained orthodontic professionals place a high degree of emphasis on delivering a comfortable and friendly experience. This is especially true when it comes to young children.

Godley Station Dental: A Trusted Orthodontist in Pooler, GA

At Godley Station Dental, we are proud of our ability to deliver a comfortable, friendly experience. Our team of highly-trained orthodontic professionals encourages conservative treatments plans as much as possible.

We use state-of-the-art technology and are dedicated to staying ahead of the curve when it comes to the latest developments in the field.

At our office, we offer patients a warm and pleasant experience. We offer patients the option to watch their favorite shows under a cozy blanket during their treatment process.

We even provide high-quality imported coffee and tea to ensure that patients feel at home.

Godley Station Dental

The orthodontic specialists at Godley Station Dental have undergone years of extensive training in the field and are fully equipped to help with your orthodontic needs. We work with all types of orthodontic treatments including preventative, restorative, and surgical treatments.

For more information about our treatments and services, schedule a consultation or give us a call.

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