Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics is a specialty of dentistry that is focused on the treatment of “misaligned teeth”, “improper bite”, and “disproportionate jaw relations” in children, teens and adults.
Orthodontists are dentists who are selected to receive further training in orthodontics at a post-graduate level. The Canadian orthodontic specialists take a two-part examination (written and oral) offered by the Royal College of Dentists of Canada (R.C.D.C.) in the final year of the orthodontic training to be a board certified orthodontist. Upon successful completion of the examination, the orthodontist is registered as a Fellow and can add F.R.C.D.(C) to his/her title.
In general, the goal of the orthodontic treatment is to improve the quality of life of patients by achieving healthy dental and jaw function that complements beautiful smiles with straight teeth.
In orthodontic treatment, a treatment plan is formulated after a thorough analysis of diagnostic records and customized to suit patient’s unique needs to produce maximum benefit to the patient. In modern orthodontics, treatment planning is an interactive process between patient and/or parents and orthodontist. Patient co-operation in the orthodontic treatment is of paramount importance; therefore the cause of the problem and the logic behind the treatment should be explained to the patients.