Before orthodontics, patients should pay attention to the therapist signboard, business card and prescription sheet. If the therapist is an orthodontist, there must be the word orthodontist on the signboard, business card and prescription sheet. If only the word “orthodontics” is written, the therapist is a general dentist, not an orthodontist. On the other hand, the name of orthodontist can be searched on the Internet; so the Internet and cyberspace is an important source of information to find an orthodontist.
Choosing a good orthodontist from the records
There may also be inaccuracies in the cyberspace. For example, many patients on the Internet or cyberspace are searching for the words good orthodontist, orthodontist, best orthodontist, top orthodontist and orthodontist in Tehran or other cities and find a huge number of websites and feel confused.
In this situation, just the presence of his/her name on a website does not necessarily mean the therapist is an orthodontist. One can easily access the orthodontist’s scientific degrees online including books, national and international articles, lectures in domestic and abroad congresses, patents or even fellowship in orthodontic surgery and maxillofacial malformation syndrome. Obviously, the academic position of orthodontists teaching in a university, for example associate professor, assistant professor and professor, is mentioned in the cyberspace showing that the therapist is probably the best orthodontist.
Patients with complications such as malocclusion need to see an orthodontist, not a general dentist, just as patients with cardiovascular diseases see a cardiologist, not a general practitioner. In addition, you should see an orthodontist to diagnose and treat jaw abnormalities which is carried out using the mobile orthodontic appliances. However, if the age of orthodontic patient is high for the treatment of jaw abnormalities, the orthodontist may also refer the patient to a maxillofacial surgeon. Teeth straightening, which is carried out by the orthodontist with a fixed orthodontic appliance, is needed before the surgical procedure.
Children need to visit an orthodontist at least once at the age of 8, in addition to regular dental visits. For the children with jaw or dental abnormalities and timely diagnosis, orthodontic treatment is the fastest, most affordable and effective solution.
General dentistry services
You should see a general dentist at least once a year for an oral health check-up. Get the necessary advice from the general dentists; they will refer you to a specialist in case of an acute problem. Procedures such as scaling or filling the tooth surface are conducted by a general dentist. Note that for deep tooth restorations, you should consult a restorative dentistry specialist and for wisdom tooth removal, get advice from an orthodontist before visiting a general dentist.
Access to a general dentist and orthodontist
There are some remote areas where a number of patients may not access to an orthodontist. Some patients also live far from the orthodontic clinic. Nevertheless, nowadays, there is more or less access to orthodontists in all parts of the country. Therefore, it is recommended to see an orthodontist for treatment of jaw abnormalities and malocclusion.