You may not be aware there are many different dental specialists who are experts in very specific areas of dentistry. While it is true most family or general dentists provide a wide range of treatments for their patients, for some procedures it is in your best interest to see an expert—the dental specialist. Drs. Greg and Nicole Nalchajian help you understand the important reasons you should always seek orthodontic care from an orthodontist, and the difference specialty care can make.
It is true all orthodontic specialists are trained as general dentists, but no practicing general dentist is trained as an orthodontic specialist! We begin with an undergraduate degree in science, followed by three to four years of general dental training. During this time, we learn all aspects of dental care, but the focus is on restoring and replacing teeth. To be an orthodontic specialist, you must complete two to three more years of specialty training to learn how teeth and jaws develop before birth, how new teeth develop as you age, and how growth plays a vital role in proper facial and oral development. We also study the biology of tooth movement, the engineering principles behind braces and appliances, as well as many kinds of jaw growth deformities and how to correct them.
A dentist spends most of their time on the health of individual teeth and restoring those teeth. Procedures such as dental cleanings, fillings, crowns, bridges, and cosmetic dentistry fill their day. If they provide orthodontic care, it is just one of the many different procedures they do, a fraction of their workday. Conversely, as orthodontic specialists, we spend 100% of our time every day on orthodontic treatment with braces, Invisalign®, appliances, and retainers. We are the experts in how teeth fit together, function together and are we are focused entirely on creating healthy, beautiful smiles.
Just like all people are not alike, all dentists and specialists are not the same either! Your smile is one of your most recognizable features, and it is vitally important you choose the experts in creating beautiful smiles. The orthodontists at Nalchajian Orthodontics have been caring for Valley families for over 50 years, with more than twenty thousand happy, smiling patients spreading our goodwill throughout the world. Your smile deserves the best and we are here to help you have the smile of your dreams.