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What's an Orthodontist?
By The Brace Place Orthodontics
August 20, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Orthodontist  

Find out exactly how an orthodontist can improve your smile.

We all know that having a straight smile makes us feel confident; however, a straight smile is also a marker of good health. Unfortunately, dealing with crooked teeth or malocclusions (aka: “bad bites”) can increase your risk for decay and gum disease, as well as wear way teeth faster. Luckily, our Jacksonville Beach, FL, orthodontist Dr. Josh Goldknopf can help.

What is an orthodontist?

While both orthodontists and dentists are focused on a patient’s oral health, what they do is a bit different. Our Jacksonville Beach, FL, orthodontist is a dental professional that specializes in improving bites and the alignment of teeth through braces and other corrective oral appliances. A dentist won’t be able to fit you with braces, but our Jacksonville Beach, FL, orthodontic team can.

What does an orthodontist do?

Most of us don’t have a perfectly straight smile. The good news is that our orthodontic team can correct any dental irregularities such as,

  • Bite issues such as overbites, underbites, and crossbites (also referred to as malocclusions)
  • Crooked teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Overlapping teeth
  • Protruding teeth

The main goal of orthodontic treatment is to realign the teeth and jaws to improve your bite. There are many ways in which our Jacksonville Beach, FL, orthodontist can do that.

Metal braces: These modern-day braces are sleeker than what you might remember. The brackets are more lightweight and compact and the wires are thinner, which means they are more comfortable to wear. Traditional metal braces are great for patients of all ages, from children to adults, and can address even the most severe dental problems.

Ceramic braces: While they work the same way as traditional braces, ceramic braces are more popular among teen and adult patients who are still looking for subtler approaches to straightening their smiles. The key difference is that instead of metal brackets we use ceramic brackets, which are tooth-colored and blend in with your smile. In some cases, wires are also made from tooth-colored materials.

Clear aligners: This is a popular orthodontic alternative to braces because these mouthguard-like aligners are completely clear and removable, which means that by simply wearing these comfortable aligners over your teeth every day for several months, you’ll be able to get a straighter smile. It’s ideal for older teens and adults and can address everything from mild to more severe malocclusions.

Whether you are looking to correct a misaligned smile, or your child or teen has a crooked smile, it’s time to turn to our orthodontist, Dr. Goldknopf for an evaluation. To schedule an appointment at either our Jacksonville Beach, FL, or Ponte Vedra, FL, location, simply call The Brace Place today at (904) 222-8588.