NOT ALL SMILES ARE CREATED EQUAL
Many things can go wrong in orthodontic treatment which you may not realize. So it is important that you see someone who is properly trained.
Though “cheap and fast” offers seem attractive at the start, the damage done might be costly and time consuming to fix, and sometimes impossible to fix.
Here are some examples of poor outcome from improper treatment mechanics.
FACT: Orthodontists are dentists who are accredited by MOH as dental specialists.
In order to be accredited, they need to:
Undergo at least 3 years of formal specialist training in a recognised institution
Be in orthodontic practice for a minimum of 5 years.
The damage from improper braces treatment can also effect your face. Inappropriate extractions and poor control of teeth movement can lead to the teeth collapsing inwards which undermines the lip support.
Poor treatment planning and rushing through the case without following proper orthodontic principles will give rise to an inferior result. Unfortunately, many patients are not aware when it happens.
FACT: Non-specialists can produce results that are just as good as specialists.
At the same time, specialists are not immune to making mistakes and might also rush through cases. However, as there are currently no restrictions or minimum criteria for non-specialist dentists to fulfill before starting to provide orthodontic treatment. This can make it harder for patients to discern between a dentist experienced in practicing orthodontics versus one who just started “yesterday”.