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What is an orthodontist?

Braces, Invisalign, retainers, crooked teeth, and straight smiles. That is what most people associate with their orthodontist. Did you know, though, that orthodontists are actually dentists first? The road to becoming an orthodontist is a long one. After graduating high school orthodontists attend undergraduate school for four years, followed by four years of dental school where they take the dental boards to become dentists. Once they have a dental license, they can apply to orthodontic residency. We went from a class of 80 dental students, to a program of just 4 per class! According to the National Matching Services Inc, there were 500 applicants across the nation for just 298 spots in 2018. Residency consists of an additional 2-3 years of specialty training to be able to fix your smile and give you the confidence you deserve. While we are qualified as dentists to look for cavities, gum problems, and perform other functions that your general dentist may do, we have elected to just be experts in your bite and smile.
As an orthodontist we don’t just look at your teeth. In children we assess the growth of the face and the jaws, determining if they are growing at the same pace and symmetrically. We also observe tooth eruption, determining if it is occurring in the correct order. Bringing your child at age 7 for their free orthodontic evaluation allows us to look for these things early on. In all patients we look for symmetry of the jaws, the relationship between them, and where they are in relationship to your teeth. We also look at your face in all dimensions to determine overall balance and lip support. Our goal is to not only straighten your teeth, but ensure that your smile is also optimally functional and balanced with your face to give you the most for your smile investment.
At Specialty Smiles, Dr. Sedeño and Dr. Alfonso are both orthodontic specialists. We aim to offer the best orthodontic treatment to residents of Miami Lakes, Miami Gardens, Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, Palm Springs North, Miami Springs, Doral, Pembroke Pines, Miramar and the surrounding areas. Call us today for a free consultation to learn how we can help you and your family Love Your Smile!


Photo Caption: Dr. Sedeño & Dr. Alfonso getting their white coats in dental school at the University of Florida College of Dentistry in Gainesville, FL.

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