• Which Dental Professional Should You Call?

  • Foster City orthodontistAsk any person in the dental industry or profession and you’ll hear a common goal:  they all want to help their patients maintain good oral health.  At our practice, we provide our patients with thorough oral hygiene education in addition to all the tools that are needed to maintain excellent oral hygiene throughout orthodontic treatment.   
    Do I need a referral from my dentist to see an orthodontist?

    No. You do not need a referral from a dentist to be seen by an orthodontist for a consultation.

    What’s the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?

    The difference between a dentist and an orthodontist is additional education and experience.  Every individual in the dental profession has completed their undergraduate schooling and finished dental school.  After dental school, family dentists open their own practice or join a practice.  For those dentists who wish to specialize in a particular area, additional schooling and training is required.  Orthodontists deal with misaligned and crowded teeth, bite problems, and TMJ disorders.  Many dentists also deal with these issues, but with limited experience. 

    Your Oral Health Team

    Having a team of dental professionals that work cohesively to give you a great smile is important.  We make sure we are all on the same page for your oral treatment plan and coordinate treatment whenever possible.

    Braces and continued dental care

    While wearing braces, it is critical to be seen by your general dentist once every three-to-four months for dental cleanings and checkups.  Your dentist detects early signs for cavities and can help maintain your periodontal (gum tissue and bone) heath.