So exactly what is an Orthodontist? The word “orthodontist” has its origins in the Greek language and translates literally to “tooth straightener.” Or if you prefer, “awesome oral healthcare provider.” It really boils down to training. Not all dentists are orthodontists but all orthodontists are dentists. An orthodontist is a dentist who has undergone further training and clinical experience to specialize in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of malocclusion, which is an improper bite due to the teeth or jaws.
Misalignment can be the result of anything from crowding to an underbite. An orthodontist straightens the teeth using braces or corrective appliances.