A Smile

Specialist

An orthodontist is a specialist in preventing, diagnosing and treating irregular tooth alignment and disharmonies in the jaw. They have the expertise to create beautiful, functional smiles with appliances like braces and Invisalign.

What Kind of Training Does an

Orthodontist Have?

An orthodontist spends a really long time hitting the books. After high school, they attend college to get their bachelor’s degree, followed by four years in dental school and then three extra years of specialty training in an orthodontic residency program where they gain extensive clinical experience treating actual patients. Finally, they have to pass their exams to become a certified specialist in orthodontics.

Do I Have to See an

Orthodontist?

All of that additional schooling makes Dr. Hawley uniquely qualified to help patients achieve the best possible results. Since orthodontic treatment permanently changes your smile and can even alter your facial structure, you really want to see someone with the proper training and experience. Dr. Hawley is a diagnostic pro and he can determine the underlying cause of your bite issues, including discovering whether they’re skeletal or dental, and then recommend the appropriate course of action. He can use braces and Invisalign to move the teeth into their correct positions and sometimes that’s enough. In other cases, he needs to combine certain appliances with braces or Invisalign to compensate for things like a narrow jaw, overbite or crossbite. The outcome is a healthy, gorgeous smile and a strong, stable bite.

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