You may think it’s obvious that you would go to an orthodontist for your orthodontic needs, however, there are also dentists who offer some types of braces or Invisalign. However, it is important to always see an orthodontist if you need braces, or are having bite problems that need to be corrected.
Orthodontists are considered specialists in their field. Dentists are important for your dental health and needs, but they are not specialists in orthodontia. To become an orthodontist, a doctor has to first get his dental degree (DDS). After attending dental school, he must then go to school for an additional 3,700 hours of orthodontic training. You read that right! 3,700 additional hours!
This additional education and training are exclusively focused on the movement of teeth, facial bones, jawbones, and soft tissue. An orthodontist is also considered to be a “dentofacial” specialist.
Going to a dentist for orthodontic services would be similar to seeing your family doctor for knee surgery; you would need an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in knee surgery.
With that said, Dr. Grewal is always willing to work with your dentist and will encourage you to continue to see the dentist on a regular basis for regular check-ups, and general dentistry (such as cavities, etc.)
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Dr. Grewal Can Provide You with a Customized Treatment Plan
Moving teeth into their correct position and making sure that your bite is aligned is a complex process and doesn’t work with a quick fix by someone who has not been trained in these areas. Orthodontics can include changes in the jaw bones and even the facial bones.
We sometimes have patients come in and see us who have had braces before, but they are still having problems with the placement of their teeth or alignment issues. We do not want this to happen to you! Dr. Grewal is equipped to take digital x-rays of your teeth, jaw, alignment, etc., and will come up with a treatment plan specifically for your individual needs and go over all available options with you to achieve the best possible results. He is well-trained and has the experience needed to make sure that nothing is overlooked that will cause you problems later on because of incomplete orthodontic work.
Dr. Grewal is a certified AAO (American Associates of Orthodontists) as well, so you can rest assured that you will be seeing the right person for the job!
More About Avtar Grewal, DDS, Certified Orthodontist, FRCD,(c)
Dr. Grewal, or as everyone calls him, “Dr. G,” completed his Dental and Orthodontic studies at Howard University in Washington D.C. and has treated well over 7,000 patients since the beginning of his orthodontic career, 12 years ago.
He is a perfectionist and you will be in good hands! Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, Dr. G graduated with a double honors distinction in biology and kinesiology from York University, Ontario, Canada.
He completed Dental School at Howard University, Washington DC, where he was on the Dean’s honor list.
Dr. G completed his Orthodontic Residency at Howard University, Washington DC, awarded top research thesis during his residency.
He is a member of the American Association of Orthodontics, AAO, and is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Dental Society, RCDC. He is also a member of the American Dental Association, ADA, and a member of the Missouri Dental Association, MDA.
Love Orthodontics Offers a Free, No-obligation Consultation!
We know Braces or Invisalign treatment is a big step and a major financial decision. We want it to be an informed decision for you, which is why Dr. Grewal offers a Free Consultation for all braces options and Invisalign. We offer complete orthodontic care for adults, teens, and children.
At your consultation, you will get x-rays and an Orthodontic Examination. Dr. Grewal will then discuss all possible treatment options and can give you an accurate estimate of your full treatment plan, along with costs and financing options – all at no charge. There is no obligation to start treatment.
We offer easy, interest-free monthly payments, as low as $80 per month with insurance.
Or would you like a second opinion? Dr. Grewal is happy to do a consultation and provide his professional opinion on treatment and the best possible pricing to give you a beautiful smile. Come in for our Free Consultation before making any decisions.
We have offices located in Springfield, Carthage, and Branson so as to provide you with quality and affordable orthodontic care as close to your home as possible!
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